Quality Photography

What exactly determines quality photography?

Is it simply a matter of just being in the right place at the right time? Does it have a lot to do with applying the appropriate white balance? Is it solely determined by precise focus? What does determine quality photography?

Perhaps this question can be debated ’til the cows come home. There could be nearly as many arguments for this answer as there are photographers out there. And yet there does appear to be some applied standard to quality photography. One plausible definition could be, “I don’t know exactly but I know it when I see it.”

When you sit down and pour over many photographs, doesn’t one or two usually stand out above the others? Why is this? Is the perspective of the camera or the photographer’s eye? Is it the sharp, crisp focus that makes all the difference? Or is it the brilliant colors that stand out vibrantly?

What is quality photography to you?

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