Technical Quality Vs Emotion

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MediaArchivist Veteran Member • Posts: 4,517
"It depends"

A good photo, well framed and free of excessive noise and other aberrations, probably has a better chance of creating a universal emotional impact. But... the photos with the greatest impact tend to be by chance, and the technical quality does not matter as much.

credit: Pennie Smith

There are many who instantly recognize this photo, and have a strong (positive) emotional impact upon seeing it. I'm among them; I consider it one of the greatest performance photos ever taken. That is not due to any technical aspect of the image, but the backstory— perfectly illustrated by the photo.

Of course, staged photos can have an enormous emotional impacts as well, and (usually) benefit from better technical quality (see Philippe Halsman).

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