quality in photography


Quality is neither an end in itself, nor an absolute. A picture that is technically exquisite is worthless unless it is also worth seeing as a picture, whether because of its content or its composition. And there are plenty of pictures where technical shortcomings are transmuted or bypassed.

This series of modules, beginning with 'Appropriate Quality', summarizes a lot of what we have learned about quality since we started taking photography seriously in 1966 (Roger) and 1982 (Frances).


Chairs in the back garden, Minnis Bay



Appropriate Quality. A short module with 15 pictures, roughly half and half mono and colour. There is even one digital shot in there!


Sharpness i: technical considerations of sharpness. Twenty pictures, split half and half between colour and black and white, again including one lonely digital image.


Composition i: Some compositions work; some don't. The problem is that it's easier to say what doesn't work than to formulate rules for what will -- which is why the 'Rules of Composition' are at best guidelines that can be useful as a starting point. Here we look at the 'rule of thirds', balance, symmetry and repetition.

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