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A technically correct photo should: be sharp rather than blurry be focused properly rather than on some random AF point be properly exposed have correct color balance not have too much noise


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For start, one should be aware that technical correctness is no substitute for artistic vision. Here are some technical criteria in no particular order: The exposure is correct, shadows are not lost, highlights are not clipped The parts that need to be in focus, are in focus There is no motion blur (caused by camera shake) The photo does not have a color ...


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There are two parts to what makes a good photo: Is the photo technically correct? Is the photo interesting? The 2nd aspect can trump the 1st aspect, but the 1st will never trump the 2nd. Is the photo technically correct? Image Quality, Exposure, Focus, Sharpness, Contrast, (lack of) Distortion, (lack of) Aberrations all have to be correct. Is the ...


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First off, what makes a "good photo" is something ultimately subjective, and its hard to say exactly. There are some guidelines that you can follow help you determine what a good photo are: A good photo: Makes effective use of light Photography is the art of "drawing with light" Photos: Greek for light Graphia: Greek for drawing Flat, total ...


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I was going to just pop this in as a comment, but what the heck, I think I'll battle a little against the idea of objective metrics. Objective metrics are good things for camera reviews, not so much for photographs because you take the art out of the equation with this concept. People have listed some good, relevant, factors in what makes a "good" image, by ...


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A good photo is one that triggers an emotional response.


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For example you can see some guidelines on how to make technically correct and attractive photos..


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The quality of an image can be judged in three broad categories: Technical quality Here we have factors like sharpness, exposure, color, white balance, depth of field, noise/grain, etc. Compelling emotion or insight The photo must elicit some emotion that makes it memorable. A compelling photo provokes an 'aha' experience, hard to describe but easily ...


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Let's be honest - I don't know what makes a good photo, I could only show some that I think are good. I agree with most of the answers before, but I'd like to add that following the rules can improve the photo, not necessarily make it a good photo. Here's some anecdotal evidence against the rules. I think that different skills are required to take a good ...


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This article compiled 11.4 million opinions of photo attractiveness of a list of photos. Those opinions were then associated to the exif data of each photo, like what camera brand was used for the photo, the camera class, using flash or not, depth of field, time of day etc. Then they could use this data to determine the optimal value for each of those ...


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The essentials of a "Technically Correct" image would be: Sharp Correct Exposure Correct Focus (Auto-focus should take care of this) For the most part, if you use good equipment in auto mode and avoid things like camera shake, your camera will take care of the technically correct part. As long as you know how to avoid the big issues, you can take a ...


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Start out with Stan Rogers's answer to the question "How to capture the scene exactly as my eyes can see?". Think about what exactly that "golden reference image" you describe would look like. Would everything in the scene be in crisp focus? Would colors be as we observe them, or would they be as a perfect sensor would record under a perfect light source? ...


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Photography is first and foremost an art, not a science. The 'quality' of an image is subjective: if you like a photo, it's a good photo. There are rules of thumb that aid composition, such as the Rule of Thirds, but these aren't hard and fast laws - they won't always produce a good photograph.


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Objective quality compares an image to a reference image, and will computationally work out a quality factor based on some sort of algorithm (PSNR, SSIM etc). You need a reference image to measure objective quality. Subjective measures tend to involve getting people to rate or rank images, and to rank images against each other they don't need to be ...


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Although you're looking for computational metrics rather than human perception ones, I think John Cavan's answer to that question nails both counts. See: What parameters can I use to evaluate a "Perceptual Image Quality"?, answer #10431. I'm marking this answer Community Wiki since it's not a direct answer — I encourage everyone to go read John's ...


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A good photo has three essential elements: a) the photographer has a special insight into the scene. He has seen something unique and meaningful that is not normally visible or obvious to the casual observer. b) through technical means he has captured and made that special insight visible to any viewer of the photograph. c) the captured version of ...



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