With modern, sophisticated digital cameras and software it is possible for just about anyone to create an image with accurate exposure, sharp focus, and eye-popping colors. So what separates great photographs from everyday snapshots?
- Artistic Vision: The ability to "see" in the world around you an image that can evoke an emotional response
- Photographic Skills: The ability to capture the heart of your vision in the camera using various photographic tools and techniques such as...
- Use of lighting—either natural or artificial—to "paint" the subject
- Choice of composition and framing
- Use of aperture to isolate a subject from its surroundings
- Use of shutter speeds to stop action or to convey a sense of motion
- Use of overall exposure to convey mood
Obviously, this isn't a comprehensive list, but it will give you some idea of the sorts of problems photographers face that can't be solved by equipment alone
- Workflow: The process a photographer goes through to convert the RAW bits captured by the camera into a printed image that conveys everything the photographer saw.
What do I mean by workflow, though? Don't you just load up the image and hit "print?" This high-level flowchart should give you an idea of what is REALLY involved in crafting a print that accurately represents the artist's ideas: