What makes a ‘good’ photo?

For the past 2 years since I have first started to use a DLSR camera, I have taken thousands of photos from people to places, to almost anything. I love the photos I have taken, I am quite satisfied with them, however, when I see exceptional photos taken by professional or more experienced photographers, I ask, “that is very good, how do they do that?”Do photographers edit their photos for it to become ‘WOW’ or are the pictures un-edited?

There are people who would argue for editing because it enhances the photo to which it could not achieve originally. Others argue for the original shot for a wide range of reasons.

I have noticed that when I edit the photos I took to enhance the colors or put effects in it, the photos become ‘WOW!’, hence, I will like the picture but to a certain extent if editing ruins the natural beauty of the subject and surroundings of the photo.

So below, I will show you 4 pictures in 3 formats – that is; original, color enhanced and effects from which I have attained using iPhoto.

I would like to ask you, which pictures in what format (original, enhance, or effects) are considered ‘good’ or ‘beautiful’ for you and why. I want to know if people would choose the original version over enhance or effects versions or vice versa.

I apologise in advance due to the spider not being so well focused, rather, the spider web instead to which I am quite amazed as my macro lense (Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS) was very new when I took the photos. I am not a professional photographer but taking photos has been my passion. Therefore, I hope you will not criticise the photos as if they were taken by a professional or more experienced photographer. Do leave a constructive comment if you please.

I realize that it is hard to compare the three versions. I recommend going into my flickr link below and compare each pictures into tabs according to the sets. Another way is to press the pictures in this blog and compare using tabs.

Original Photos 

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The others can be viewed in the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90208555@N06/sets/72157632496138775/

Color Enhanced Version 

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The others can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90208555@N06/sets/72157632230428565/with/8267251409/

Effects Version  

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There is no effects version for the ant photo because I thought it just ruins the natural beauty of the scene.

Other photos can be viewed in here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90208555@N06/sets/72157632540019123/with/8389308362/

One last thing, is this photo better when it is cropped as compared to the original?

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First time photographing break dancers

I took some photos of break-dancers while I was visiting my friend’s restaurant at Calamba, Laguna on Nov. 6 and 10. It was pretty much the first time took photos of break dancers which I just met. Was quite nervous that I might mess up.. However, I had to overcome my nervousness because, before I approached them, I have been watching them for 2 hours to which I was impressed with their skills and fell in love with their dance moves!

Here are two of the best shots taken. The rest can be viewed in the following link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/90208555@N06/sets/72157632104248250/



Here are the 3 chosen other shots. The rest can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90208555@N06/sets/72157632171698627/with/8245589227/. Likewise, the blur pictures can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90208555@N06/sets/72157632176373982/

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I realized that the best photos have either one of the hands or legs cut off. Sorry about that. I am quite  satisfied with the photos because the quality turned out quite good and I have taken photos of them smiling and enjoying what they are doing, which is to me very refreshing and uplifting ^-^

I quite like the fact that they were practicing outside, not in a studio, because it exposes them to get use to the public viewers. I remember, when figure skating was my sport years ago, I get conscious of people looking at when I practice for an upcoming competition or learn new moves. I should not have mind what other people would have thought about me. Oh well, next time when I pick up figure skating again.

What an awesome experience. They were quite patient with me, especially with my flashes. Thank you very much for allowing me to take photos of you guys!

I wish to try this in the future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCC0KssQug8 Photographing dance moves with LEDs attached to the shoes of the break dancers combined with long exposure shots seems to be exciting. Don’t you think so?