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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Content overrides technical excellence.

Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog where I share my passion for photography and some tips and tricks to help you improve your skills. Today I want to talk about a very important topic: content in a picture overrides technical excellence.

What do I mean by that? Well, let me explain. Content is the story, the emotion, and the message that your picture conveys. It's what makes your picture stand out from the rest and connect with your audience. Technical excellence is the quality of your picture in terms of exposure, focus, composition, lighting, etc. It's what makes your picture look professional and polished.

Now, don't get me wrong. Technical excellence is important and you should always strive to achieve and improve it. But it's not the most important thing. Content is. Why? Because content is what makes your picture memorable and meaningful. Content is what makes your picture art.

Think about it. How many times have you seen a technically perfect picture that left you cold and indifferent? And how many times have you seen a technically flawed picture that moved you and inspired you? I bet you can remember more of the latter than the former.

That's because the content in a picture overrides technical excellence. A picture with great content can overcome technical flaws and still be powerful and impactful. A picture with poor content can't be saved by technical perfection and will still be boring and forgettable.

So how do you create pictures with great content? Well, there is no simple answer to that question. Content is subjective and personal. What works for one person may not work for another. But there are some general guidelines that can help you:

- Know your purpose. Why are you taking this picture? What do you want to say or show with it? What do you want your audience to feel or think when they see it?

- Know your subject. Who or what are you photographing? What is their story, their personality, their mood? How can you capture their essence in a single frame?

- Know your context. Where and when are you taking this picture? What is the background, the environment, the atmosphere? How can you use them to enhance or contrast your subject?

- Know your style. How do you want to present your picture? What is your vision, your voice, your perspective? How can you use elements like colour, contrast, angle, framing, etc. to express it?

These are some of the questions that can help you create pictures with great content. Of course, there are many more factors that can influence your content, such as your inspiration, your creativity, your intuition, etc. But these are the basics that you should always keep in mind.

Remember: content in a picture overrides technical excellence. If you focus on creating pictures with great content, you will not only improve your technical skills along the way but also create pictures that will touch people's hearts and minds.

That's all for today's blog post. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. If you did, please leave a comment below and share this post with your friends. And don't forget to subscribe to my blog for more photography tips and tricks. Until next time, happy shooting!

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