10 tips on elements that create professional Photographs

Mark conducted portfolio reviews for The Photography Institute, and the VanArts Media Arts School for Photography

“Mark generously lent his professional eye to review student portfolios. He has always been pro-active, professional, thorough and generally awesome in offering advise and guidance to our emerging photographers. He was a pleasure to work with.”

Christa Graham LeCraw
Program Manager, VanArts Media Arts School for Photography

Mark compiled some tips on elements that create professional Images:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 😎

Ferris Bueller

10 Tips on What To Look for in A Photo

1. Wrinkle free, WASHED clothing (always make sure the clothes are clean and ironed before the Session)

2. Attention to the details (such as the absence of small distracting specs, and whitened eyes of the subjects) really add strength to an Image

3. The use of an eye light is extremely important to ensure that the subject’s eyes are the most prominent aspect of the photo

 4. Skin tones should be even

5. Colors, highlights, reflections, and contrast can really make a photo pop, and it’s nice when black and white tones work with the subject matter and mood

6. Horizon lines should be level

7. Composition is everything
7b. Cropping really helps

8. Use a unique perspective. With cameras getting smaller and smaller these days, the ability to find interesting angles is easier, and can create a striking Image

  9. A subject that’s thinking loud always makes for a great photo

10. Knowing where the Image will ideally be used really helps in terms of subject placement during the shoot (e.g.: if shooting for a magazine cover, leave lots of room at the top and along the sides for text; if shooting for Instagram, compose for a square, a Facebook banner image lends itself to panoramic photos, etc.)

“As in life, there's an exception to every rule, so break them all and see where that gets you, sometimes, ya never know. It's been said, a photo a day, keeps the doctor away. 😎” MM

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