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Great photographs are clear and deliberate. Everything that is unnecessary to the photograph's intended communication is removed by the photographer. If it isn't important to the point of the image, it is not included in the frame.
Photographers who create great images are very careful and thoughtful about their compositions. Like the structure of a sentence, everything is placed in an organized fashion to facilitate the viewer through the image. Photographers will use lines, contrast, shapes, space, focus, and sometimes color to guide the viewer's eyes to where the photographer wants them to go.
|The Lost Chair - Mojave, California|
It all starts with an idea in your mind. This idea may occur seconds before opening the shutter, or hours, days weeks, months or even years. Once you have the idea, you then must figure out how to craft this image in your mind into an actual photographic image. Then you go about capturing the photograph.
A great painter never starts placing paint on canvas without the end in mind. A great pianist never just pushes keys hoping a great song will emerge. Great photographs are never happy accidents.
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And it is never about the equipment. Never, ever is some camera or lens or software a prerequisite to crafting a great image. Any camera is capable of capturing a great photograph just as long as the photographer can communicate strongly through his or her images and has vision.
People will say that you need the right kind of Canon or Nikon DSLR, the right prime lenses, the right Photoshop and Lightroom, etc., in order to be successful. That is all nonsense. If you can craft great photographs, you can do so no matter the equipment. Yes, those things might make it somewhat easier to achieve your vision, but they're not required.