What makes a great photograph?
December 20, 2022

A great photograph is a work of art that captures a moment in time and elicits an emotional response from the viewer. There are many elements that contribute to evoking emotion with a photograph. Defining what makes a great photograph varies from person to person. Here are some ways Land Sea Air Photography captures stunning photographs:

Get Creative with Composition 

A photograph’s composition refers to the arrangement of elements within the frame. A great photograph has a well-balanced composition that draws the viewer’s eye toward the subject and tells a story. This can be achieved through the use of leading lines, the rule of thirds, and negative space. Use unusual angles to frame your subject in an unexpected way. Work with the environment you’ve chosen to shoot in. When shooting in unique locations like old mansions, event spaces, or underwater angle the shot to naturally frame the subject you are capturing. 

Experiment with Light

Light is one of the most important elements in photography, as it determines the mood and feel of the image. Great photographs often have strong, directional light that creates contrast and highlights the subject. Play with the quality, direction, and intensity of light to create unique effects in your photograph.

At Land Sea Air Photography we work to create unique lighting effects depending on if we are shooting in the studio, underwater, or on location. Lighting can make or break the feeling of a photo. 


A great photograph has a clear, interesting subject that is the focus of the image. The subject should be well-defined and stand out from the background. Know how to work with your subject. For example, if you are shooting underwater, be familiar with how your subject and props or fabric will move around so you can move as well. If you are capturing a specific look in the studio, be sure to communicate your vision to the model or subject so they can work with you in co-creating the shot.

Tell a Story 

A photograph that tells a story or conveys a message is more likely to be memorable and impactful. A great photograph should be able to capture the essence of the moment and convey the emotions and atmosphere of the scene.

We love creating Fine Art Portraits that tell a personal story about our subject pulling together every element from them, to the props, lighting, composition, and final editing process. 


A great photograph should be able to evoke an emotional response from the viewer. Whether it’s joy, sadness, or wonder, a photograph that connects with the viewer on an emotional level is more likely to be considered great.

Technical proficiency

While technical proficiency is not necessarily the most important factor in determining a great photograph, it is still important to have a solid understanding of the technical aspects of photography. This includes understanding exposure, focus, and white balance, as well as being able to use your camera and lenses effectively. Experiment with all of your equipment until you feel confident how you capture your best shots. Know your editing style. 


A great photograph should be original and stand out from the crowd. It should have a unique perspective or approach that sets it apart from other photographs.

Get Creative 

Remember, the key to capturing a unique photograph is to be creative and think outside the box. Try using unusual angles or framing your subject in an unexpected way. Experiment with different techniques and approaches to find your signature method and look.

Altogether, a great photograph is one that captures a moment in time and elicits an emotional response from the viewer. It has a strong composition, an interesting subject, and tells a story. It is also technically proficient and original. While these are all important factors, ultimately what makes a photograph great is subjective and can vary from person to person.

Fine Art Portraits to underwater creativity 

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