Thought for the Day – First take a Great Photo

Thought for the Day – First take a Great Photo…then shoot an HDR.
So often these days as I scan Google+ or 500px I see HDRs that I’m sorry, are just horrible photographs. The only thing of interest at all in them is that they are an HDR and sometimes I’ll admit, that alone draws the eye. But HDR should not be the feature, it should be a great photograph…and I used this technique to capture it. Anymore I don’t even say “I shot an HDR”, I simply, took a photograph
So I implore you to, First look for a great photograph, interesting light and shadow, texture and composition and then judge, what techniques do I need to use to capture my vision? If the scene is beyond the dynamics of your camera, THEN use HDR (or other methods) to capture it.
Thought for the day, short and sweet.


  1. Bob Williamson December 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Well stated Peter…and a great shot!!

    • Peter December 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      Thank you Bob!

  2. Waldo Berry January 8, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    What a classic line that is so much a part of the great image process. I often will see something I like then spend several weeks going there at different times until I find the the best time to make the exposures. So I would like to add this to that statement: “First Take Great Photo and also know when to take it.”

    Thanks Bob

    • Peter January 8, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Darn! I wish I thought of that Bob! That’s Perfect!