What makes a satisfying photograph? Why is it that we say "Wow, that's great!" when we see one image and "Ho hum" for another?
This site is about the creative process which leads to a satisfying photo. Part of being "satisfied" with an image we've created is our own personality: what interests us, our likes and dislikes. But there are some features of a "satisfying image", or a "good" photo, which are universally accepted. These involve rules of composition, use of light, viewpoint, framing and cropping, and use of colour. We seem to instinctively know what is a "good" photograph and what is "poor", but most of us cannot describe why we know that.
I am not naturally gifted visually: as a keen photographer I've had to learn what makes a satisfying photograph and the techniques for achieving such. I've developed a workshop course for people who, like me, want to develop their creative skills. This website is for sharing and discussion of those skills.
This site is not about camera equipment and technology: there are many sites which provide exhaustive (and exhausting) information about those topics. You can create stunning images with an inexpensive, simple camera—and some very Ho Hum ones with a $10,000 DSLR!
This image (left) of Coolamine Homestead in Australia's Snowy Mountains is satisfying (to me) because of the evening light and the stormy sky. A day later, at midday, a photograph of the same buildings was quite bland.
My hands on Workshops teach participants to think and see creatively, and to recognise opportunities for a satisfying image. The image above of Vesteys Beach, Darwin, was created at midday — a time in Australia when the light is usually too harsh for photography. But the clouds reflected in the calm sea ,and the red sand, create a pleasing (satisfying to me) image. A polarising filter helped.