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Good Picture – Worth a Thousand Words
Gene’s positive effect
Gene Pesek, a photographer for the Sun-Times, is constantly looking for that good picture everybody wanted. He had no idea the effect he was having on a neighbor’s young son. That is what being an everyday hero is about. Heroes pursuing their passions, desires, or callings and sometimes changing people’s lives.
What is a good picture worth?
A photographer is an eyewitness to history. For instance, a photo fixes in our memory the event or era associated with it. The multiple frames take images that scale the heights and depths of human life. A good picture is worth a thousand words.
The power of a single picture
Gene’s understanding of lines was developed at a young age. His father was an architect which he attributes to the success of his talent. He sees talented faces and places everywhere he goes. But he also relates with humor, the way some photographers may eliminate a subject they did not like from the pictures. Most importantly, he feels that a picture speaks to the audience on a different level than the written word. For example, in a newspaper you look at the image taken at a moment in time.
Above all, Gene provided an insight to our history. He created incredible images of so many events and helped up remember an entire era. Recording so many events over a span of over five decades. “I see pictures no matter where I am”. “I can look at any picture and know if it is a good picture, but I can’t tell you why”. Gene has won almost every photo award available.
This Everyday Hero had no idea that the young five-year-old neighbor boy would be so impacted by his work.
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Video Production: Rocko Productions
Review Written By: M. Cardinal
Date Written: Feb 27th, 2020
Good Picture FAQs
The most important element of a good photo is the ability of the photograph to communicate with the viewer. It should be able to tell a story through its composition, lighting, and most importantly its subject matter.
– Compelling Composition (Must Have)
– Display Of Emotion.
– Simple Storytelling.
– Elliptical Storytelling.
– Iconic Moments.
– Unique Moments.
– Juxtaposed/Contrasting Concepts.
– Unique Lighting and Color.
– Look at your subject in the eye.
– Use a plain background.
– Use flash outdoors.
– Move-in close.
– Move it from the middle.
– Lock the focus.
– Know your flash’s range.
– Watch the light.
A powerful image is one that looks real. Remember, you are trying to evoke an emotion — a genuine feeling in the viewer that connects them to the photograph. You want your viewer to mentally put themselves in the photograph, or at least, feel like they are in the same space as they view it.