Creating quality images

Quality: the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.

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It has taken a while for me to create quality in my images. All the usual elements that help achieve quality are education, experience, research, time, repetition, and a certain level of gear. Not necessary but extremely useful are tilt-shift lenses for still life photography.

I guess this is obvious. If the quality of your image looks out of place when you search and compare your image to the first few pages of any stock image website search then you need to keep working the image until it sings. Lets be honest, there are more than a few images available to buy or sadly free on the net in 2017 and plenty of competition !

Try and make images that combine quality and creativity. Can you make your image unique ?

I know it can be hard. Also use your library of images to make montages and conceptual images. Use your collection of images to create and combine new ones. Graffiti is a good one to try. All you need is a textured painted brick wall and some images.

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A great still life image starts with a great background. One that works together with the subject. If they are not working together then it doesn’t matter how hard you try, the image just will not fly. So you cannot have too many backgrounds ! I make them, buy them and scavenge them. When I see a beautiful still life it always has a stunning background.

Go the extra mile… Could that fresh fruit and vegetable shot use a little spray of water droplets ? Maybe that beautiful cup of tea could use a small bubble or two ? Are my props working in this image ? Do they make sense ? Are the props the right scale to each other ?

Is everything working together and pleasing to the eye ? Do I need copy space in this image ? Keep working the image until it is right.

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Overheads, costs, money… Keep them down. You really need to think about the returns you might make. If you spent a lot of money producing an image then the return might take a long time to recoup if ever. So get as many different and varied images as possible from any one shoot. Charity shops are fantastic for finding many things of use to a photographer.

Go back and add new words or re-keyword images in your stock image library when new words / phrases / companies become popular. Fake news, Brexit, Fracking, App, Hashtag, Stan, Uber, Bitcoin and Sausage Fest all come to mind.

Keep it simple: Wherever you can and whenever possible. It will make your images better

My thoughts and a few tips…. I think I am a better photographer than writer…


Dave Bredeson


Photo credits: Dave Bredeson.

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Hi Dave,I am referring to your head picture with the tools. I must say, I love it and would like to ask you, how did you do this? Is there any tutorial about it?


You have a great selection of quality images in your portfolio.


Thanks for your tips!


Thanks for great tips, useful for newbies like me.


Great tips! Thanks for sharing!


An excellent article


Thanks for sharing!


great blog!


thanks for sharing :)


Thanks everyone for your nice comments :)


Nice images and great ideas


Thanks for the image ideas! Nice portfolio!


Your images are terrific and express your hard work. I'm encouraged to become more proficient with Photoshop for more than just lighting touchups and cropping. Thanks!


Good tips ! Thanks !


Thanks for sharing. You have excellent photos.


Good article Dave and useful tips :)


Thank you for this interresting article.


You're sure a better photographer and in this article, you nailed it too. I have deep love and respect for your creativity.

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