Sponsored Tip: Making Images That Endure

By Brian Dilg, Courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School
This tip article by Brian Dilg, comes to us courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School, where he serves as the Chair of the New York Film Academy Photography Conservatory. Dilg is an internationally published and collected photographer and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of professional teaching experience around the world.

How can we make great images, photos that will still be looked at generations after they were made? A search for “greatest photographs” produces mostly historically significant images: war, disasters, records being broken.

Nature photographers do not typically pursue that level of drama. So can they make enduring icons? The struggle that even experts face agreeing on the “greatest” photos suggests that greatness is highly subjective.

So while an iconic quality may be elusive, I’d like to list a few qualities that make images effective without losing sight of the “gestalt”

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