To make better photos, separate your subjects from the background (negative space between your subject and the background), in order for your eyes to detect the edges!

Detect the edges

What makes for a good photo? One of them is simple:

Edge detection.

Or,

The ability of the human eye to detect the edges in a picture:

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What makes a good black and white photo?

Some experiments I’ve been doing in Adobe Photoshop to better understand:

Why do some black and white photos work, and others don’t?

I take a successful picture (Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake), and deconstruct it:


Trace Contour:


Crystallize:

Dust + Scratches:


Emboss

Extrude

Find edges

Gaussian noise

Half-Tone

Inverse

Noise->Median

Mezotint

Mosaic

Normal bump map

Pointalize

Render->Difference Clouds

Unsharp mask


Solarize

Tiles

Trace Contours:


HSL

Chalk and Charcoal

Conte Crayon

Cutout

Diffuse Glow

Glowing Edges

Graphic Pen

Neon glow

Note paper

Plastic wrap

Stained glass


Composition 101

Master composition for yourself:

Photography Composition Concepts

Photography Composition Tips

Color Theory

Color wheel theory: Dynamic tension between opposing colors. Image from CREATIVE EVERY DAY

Learn From the Masters of Composition

Sergio Larrain Compositions

Dynamic Photography Composition 101

Leading lines. ERIC KIM DYNAMIC COMPOSITION

Painting Compositions

Vermeer

Dynamic Photography Composition Tips

Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM

Composition Theory

Dynamic low angle composition. Tokyo, 2011 by ERIC KIM

Take your composition to the next level:


Street Photography Composition 101

DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS. Man and three reflections by ERIC KIM

For distilled lessons on composition, read the free ebook: “The Street Photography Composition Manual.”

Further articles to improve your compositions in photography:

Composition Theory

Woman and door. Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM

Learn compositional theory:


Compositional lessons from the masters of art


Composition lectures


Composition pictures/grids


Golden Diagonal Composition

Golden Diagonal Composition / Kyoto Station, 2018