6 things that make a photo amazing!

Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography

In photography, in order to be a stunning photo that people will just enjoy, because of it’s artistic nature, you need to have these elements in the photograph:

There is not any order to these, just that when you take a photograph, look for one of these elements to make it more outstanding:

1- Shape

Shape is so important to have. If you have a Zebra out in the distance in your photo, then it is no good. You have to be able to recognize your subject, and see it well.

five zebra grazing on grass field
Photo by Hendrik Cornelissen on Pexels.com

2- Lines

This is one of the strongest elements and plays a big part in a lot of well composed photos. Learning how to use lines in your photos, will be the key to successful photos. Once you learn about lines, you will want to try to use them in a lot of your photos.

Leading lines can come in a lot of varieties. A simple tree, a path or trail, a road, all those things can play a part in using lines. ——Photo by Matt Flores on Unsplash

3- Form or Depth

Now shape is two dimensional but when we get to form we add a third dimension, depth. Form is very dependent on light. How the light hits the form creates the feeling of depth which is essential in a stunning image. Squares, circles and triangles reveal their form when strong side lighting hits them. The contrast between shadows and light turns shape into form.

See how nice this photo looks with side lighting, shadows cast by the subject. It makes the photo powerful by having this kind of side lighting, which creates depth. —————Photo by Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz on Unsplash

Side lighting can even make portraits seem outstanding.

Side lighting on a portrait is dramatic. Some people, however, don’t like this much contrast. But, their is some side lighting in portraits that is just a bit more pleasing, if this is not liked. ———-Photo by Max Ducourneau on Unsplash

4- Pattern

Sometimes in photography, you can find a pattern that seems to make the photo outstanding. Sometimes the patterns are hard to find, but, it does make the photos exciting. Patterns can be used as a background or the subject. Patterns are all around, and when you find them, take the shot.

Photo by Bilal Karim on Unsplash

The simple things in a flower will bring a pattern that people will really like as well:

red and white petaled flowers
Photo by João Jesus on Pexels.com

5- Color

Use color to your advantage as well. Color is the most striking of the elements when used correctly. Contrasting and complementary colors will create an amazing image but used incorrectly will wash out an otherwise great photo. Color evokes deep emotion. We think in color and feel in color and use color to describe those feelings.

6- Texture

Out of all the elements I think that texture evokes the biggest emotional response by a viewer. The challenge here is to photograph it in such a way that the light causes the texture to reveal itself in a way as to create a feeling. Side lighting is important as it lifts the texture out of the image so as to almost create the actual texture for you to feel. More than any other element, it is important to get in close so that the fibers, cracks, or rough stone are clearly visible.


6 things that help you create a photo that will be outstanding. It’s a good thing we only have 6 steps to remember. There’s enough now to remember in creating an amazing photo. Good luck as you incorporate these elements into your photos.

Published by 123photogo

I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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