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    Yesterday I was at Wisma and Arts Central was having some kind of photo exhibition. Whilst looking at the photos, it made me wonder, "What makes all these photos so special?"

    - The plain fact that they are taken by celebrity artistes, personalities & photographers?
    - The special element in all these photos called 'Moments'?
    - The type of camera that was used (this is out of the point since there are a couple of photos taken with so-called 'non-pro models' like Canon 350D)?

    As for this thing we call 'capturing moments', for example a unique shot and pose that was captured at a sporting event, do we expect the pose as a result of certain actions and capture it or is 'capturing moments' a result of a totally unexpected, unanticipated move and that u're fast enuff to capture it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsbn
    a result of certain actions and capture it or is 'capturing moments' a result of a totally unexpected, unanticipated move and that u're fast enuff to capture it?
    You need both. This is what photography skills is all about. This is what separate you from the crowd. Another two factors that are needed but not essentially a must:

    1) Effective lighting

    2) Convincing and alluring composition

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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    when others see what you want them to see, and it becomes even more special when they see something else.
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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    IMO, the most important is context and content that can stir your emotions.

    If say, a so called technically badly taken snapshot show your loved ones during a memorable event, that is a special photo. A photo with good composition and lighting and nothing to stir your emotions is just a static and lifeless one, like most landscape photos.

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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    Emotion. A foto that capture the emotion of the moment will touch its viewers.

    That's how John Clang failed to impress Singaporean, he had to open his mouth to explain the emotion of his work...he he

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max 2.8
    Emotion. A foto that capture the emotion of the moment will touch its viewers.

    That's how John Clang failed to impress Singaporean, he had to open his mouth to explain the emotion of his work...he he
    there's no need to put him down. his artworks might not have convinced alot of people, but they work for others.

    what makes a photograph special? Life.

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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    If a photo strike you, whether you are the creator or the viewer, it means special to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    there's no need to put him down. his artworks might not have convinced alot of people, but they work for others.

    what makes a photograph special? Life.

    He

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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    Quote Originally Posted by Max 2.8
    He
    So you ??

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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    what makes a photograph special? Life.
    What makes life special?

    Photographs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion
    What makes life special?

    Photographs.
    no lah, i think photographs accelerate amnesia only, see and forget

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max 2.8
    Emotion. A foto that capture the emotion of the moment will touch its viewers.

    That's how John Clang failed to impress Singaporean, he had to open his mouth to explain the emotion of his work...he he
    Erm... pardon me but who IS John Clang?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tao
    IMO, the most important is context and content that can stir your emotions.

    If say, a so called technically badly taken snapshot show your loved ones during a memorable event, that is a special photo. A photo with good composition and lighting and nothing to stir your emotions is just a static and lifeless one, like most landscape photos.
    Hmm.... I suppose u mean this way?

    So much as we try to control technical aspects of a photo by metering off a subject-background correctly, trying to face the sun instead of turning our backs to the sun, using the best technology utilised in (D)SLRs but a technically competent photo means nothing and is nothing compared to a technically bad photo but carries a deep meaning to it?

    The philosophy behind photography other than learning the technicalities... I think I've got much to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    So you ??

    No, I see

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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    What I'm asking you is, you think can shoot better than him, so that why you call his photos is suck? Is this so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    no lah, i think photographs accelerate amnesia only, see and forget
    For some a hobby in photography accelerates poverty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsbn
    Erm... pardon me but who IS John Clang?
    Arguarably one of the most successful Singapore exports to Big Apple.

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    Default Re: What makes a photo special?

    One that gives a lasting impression. After you have seen it, then you close your eyes - the picture's still in your mind.
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    Simple answer for you: The Photographer

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    Hmm... The Photographer?
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