The Key Elements of the Perfect Photo

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The perfect photo can be elusive. It is like finding a restaurant shoes dishes are always perfect, or hearing your four favorite songs in a row at a nightclub, or getting a winning hand the first ten times you play slots or video poker on online casinos.

If you look around the Internet you will many sites claiming that can help you take the perfect photo. And some of them offer great advice, but many more give you information that requires you be a professional to use. But you don’t have to be a professional to take a perfect photograph, you only need to know the right techniques and things to focus on. Although this is not a definitive guide for taking a perfect photo, it does give you the areas that you must focus on so you can gather more in-depth information to become a master. And there is one element of the perfect photo that we focus on. It is the one that is more important than all others.

Iconic photos have the unique ability to capture a moment in time, which we will likely never see again – an element that makes them exceptional, and heighten their emotional resonance. This is true even online. Just click here to see perfect use of photographs in online promotions.

There is a list of basic fundamental considerations that if followed, will greatly enhance the chances of getting a perfect photo. These include:

  1. Choice of Subject
  2. Picture Composition
  3. Capturing the Right Moment
  4. The Color

All of these elements are critical, but experts agree that the most important aspect is light.


Photography literally means painting with light, and the single most important element to creating a perfect photo is getting the light right. Lighting in a photo cannot be overemphasized and its correct use will determine whether things look below average or special. Having a good understanding of lighting can make the difference between a faded, dull image, and a vibrant warm feel that draws you into the scene. A great photographer trains himself to understand how light interacts with our environment and how to capture a scene utilizing this interaction. The camera becomes the recording medium that will capture an image produced by the light.

Light is governed by many laws of physics. These laws can be manipulated in ways that produce predictable results. Anyone can get a perfect photo; by understanding these laws and manipulating them accordingly. Whether it be natural or artificial light the quality, direction and full understanding of how to use of light is what’s important. Light helps to create a particular mood within the photograph and can bring emphasis to key elements within a frame. Likewise, light can help create depth and textures in an image by creating a mix of highlights and shadows.

When working with light, there are important things to consider:

Direction – Where is the light source located relative to the scene? Is the subject side lit, or back lit?

Quantity – How strong is the light? How do you create contrasts with the light?

Quality – What kind of light is illuminating the subject? How “soft” or “hard” the light is, and the difference between “warm” and “cool” light.

Composition – Stunning photographs have a compositional form that is pleasing to the eye. It strikes a perfect balance between the darkest and brightest regions in a photo, where details become obscured.

Timing – Catching the right light at the right moment for the shot.

Use these guidelines to help you to improve your photography. Practice taking pictures anywhere and at any time to understand better how light works. After a while you will be on your way to taking the perfect picture.

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