Lesson 7: What to look for to get the best photos
I often get asked what to look for to find the best photos.
And my answer is: don’t look for the best photos, look for the best moments.
Seriously. This is revolutionary.
Because when you’re thinking about what the photo is going to look like, you’re taking yourself out of the present moment.
Instead, focus on how it feels, not how it looks and the best photos will follow.
When you focus on how it feels, not how it looks, the best photos become those that are emotionally “good” rather than technically “good” - these are the photos that will be most meaningful to you as a parent, and to your family and friends in years to come.
Now, I know that you also want to take photos that are “technically good,” and we’ll get to that. But we start with emotions first, because a technically good photo that is empty emotionally is really just not worth that much to anyone.
So, as a parent, here is the important thing to ask yourself when defining what a “good photo” is:
Is it emotionally good? Does it make you laugh, smile or get teary? Does it capture a moment you want to remember? Do you look at the photo and think “I love my kid! I love being a parent!”
If a photo does one or more of these things, if a photo evokes an emotion for you, it’s a winner!
Put this into action:
Look at your recent favorite photos and think about which ones are emotionally good whether or not they are technically good. In which photos did you focus on how it feels, not how it looks?
Now, as you go about your day, look for good moments, not good photos. Respond to emotions - yours as well as your child’s. Capture how it feels.
Today’s photo prompt: Capture a strong emotion - yours or your child’s
Up next: Make your camera more invisible by being more present
Note: I'll be giving you daily photo prompts to help you in your photo-a-day project but they are completely optional. Ultimately you should choose the photo for your project that best reflects what you most want to remember about the day.