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Okay, this is an open discussion with no specific answer/s required, just a pure discussion, personal experiences are welcomed. What are the WOW factors that both the viewers (including those non photographer) and photographers are looking in a photograph? I've been reading micheal freeman's and ansel adams' and other authors of photography books. But in our simple senses and opinions, what are these "Wow" factors and how do we achieve them?

The Wow factors for Photojournalism, nature and portrait photography.

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As Bob Gilka said to Jim Richarson, "kid, if you want to become a better photographer, you're going to have to stand in front of more interesting stuff." –  user2719 May 10 '13 at 3:55
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First follow the general rules in photography such as:

  • Rule of the thirds
  • The Eye level
  • Proper lighting, etc...

Following these basics rules eliminates disturbances that distract a viewer.

Second is: To explore.

  • Try different angles
  • Change light directions, e.g. place the flash on the sides of the subject.
  • For portrait, add some emotions to the subject.

This link will have some tips: http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/10-top-photography-composition-rules

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For me it is the ability of the photographer to compose an image that draws the viewer's eye to a specific point in the photograph. This can be done through a variety of ways: lines, colors, selective focus, highlights and shadows, etc. The strongest images often combine several or all of these factors. Once there, the eye's attention must be held by the emotional impact of what it encounters.

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