© Copyright Ed Krimen
The eternal photography question, if there ever was one, is “How can I tell if my photo is a great photo?”
Here are two tests that I use to determine whether one of my photos is a great photo.
1. I ask myself, “Would I like to frame the photo and hang it on the wall?”
Most of the photos hanging on the walls of my house are ones that I’ve taken. Only a few are not. I’d hang more photos, but I don’t have much space left, and I prefer to keep the walls with a minimalist look, like a gallery. I’ve seen photos from other people that I’d like to hang on my walls too. Many of those photos are shown in the Photobird Daily.
Sure, there are some things I’d change in some of my photos, and some I wouldn’t change at all. But I like all of the photos, and that’s why they’re hanging on my walls. I haven’t changed them in several years.
Here’s a list of the photos, in no particular order:
- Duomo, Florence, Italy
- Swan, Lausanne, Switzerland
- The Bahnhofstrasse, Luzern, Switzerland
- The Vatican
- Zurich, Switzerland at night
- St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican
- Lagoon at Limantour Beach, Point Reyes, California
- The Coliseum, Rome, Italy
- The underground area of the Coliseum
- Inside the Coliseum
Almost all of the photos are 11×14-inches, except for the last three which are 4×6-inches in one frame.
The photos on my walls that I didn’t shoot aren’t listed above because they’re not digital. Two are from a point-and-shoot 35mm film camera taken by a friend and are in a single frame: one photo is the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset and the other is the Eiffel Tower at sunset. Amazingly, they have the same color tones and they’re from the same roll of film. The other photos I have are from the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.
2. The other test I use to determine whether one of my photos is a great photo is to search on Google and see how many times the photo is linked from other websites or has been stolen.
I’ve never been contacted and asked for permission about using my Vatican photo, shown above, but I’ve seen it used on at least four websites without giving me credit. I haven’t pursued any of these copyright infringers simply because I don’t have the time right now, but it’s something I may do in the future.
Because copyright protection is such a hot topic for photographers, plans for several new, unique copyright protection features have been created for Photobird.com.
You can do a Google image search on “vatican” to see where my Vatican photo has been used without my permission. Here are three of those places:
Neither of the websites even resized the photo, which you can see below; they left it at the original 640×480 resolution.
I’d be curious if you happen to come across any others; please let me know.
Do you have any of your photos hanging on your walls? Please share them in the comments below.
For more ideas on how to tell if your photo is a great photo, see the Digital Photography School forums.