Our (photographers) taste in photos vs the general public

Started Jan 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
rogerstpierre Veteran Member • Posts: 3,966
Good Question...

If you show me an image I think: Compositon, Technique, Balance, Mass, Lights, Darks etc. and when I show the same images to a non-photographers they think: Who, What, Where and sometimes When. The will recognize good photos (from a photographer's point of view), but will dismiss them if the Who, Where, What, When aren't meaningful to them. For most, a photograph is just a record of a memory and a moment in time, nothing more. For e.g. if I show a beautiful street candid photograph to my wife, she'll say: blaaa, it's OK but it doesn't mean anyhing to me, I don't know these people ! That resumes pretty much what non-photographers think; does it mean something to them. That is why so many people take selfies in front of Tourist Attractions, to record a moment to be recalled in some future time. They seldom make good images, but do make good records of a memory. As a photographer, I think, why ruin a great photograph by sticking two faces in the middle, I know I whas there... I took it !

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