November 27, 2023 ·

Peter Dulis

What transforms a photograph into a lasting memory? Is it the act of sharing it on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram? In a world saturated with visual stimuli, why do certain images linger in our minds while others fade away? Crafting a memorable photograph is undeniably complex, and the initial step involves capturing it in a way that captivates the viewer, weaving a visual narrative. Yet, the journey to creating a truly memorable image, finds its essence in the print. The act of printing an image on a premium archival media introduces a fourth dimension, adding depth, texture, and a timeless quality.  In this dimension, the photograph transcends the digital realm, becoming a cherished piece of art that stands the test of time.

Numerous individuals have expressed admiration for my images when viewed on a computer screen, but the real astonishment occurred when they held the printed version in their hands. There’s a transformative power in physically connecting with a printed photo, intensifying the emotional experience of the viewer. Here are 6 things to consider when creating memorable images.

  1. Light is Critical

In the pursuit of capturing a compelling image, the pivotal role of light cannot be overstated. Opting for a decent composition bathed in fantastic light often proves more impactful than a great composition shrouded in poor lighting. Light shapes the narrative of a photograph, casting shadows and highlights that breathe life into the photograph.

2.     Every Picture Tells a Story

Photography transcends mere image capture; it is a medium through which stories are uniquely woven. With each photograph, the aim is to convey a narrative, to evoke emotions, and to invite the viewer into your frame. It begins with cultivating a discerning eye, an ability to perceive things around you from your own unique perspective that inherently tell a story. Every picture becomes a portal into an experience, a moment frozen in time, and the photographer’s lens becomes a storyteller.

  • Composition is Key

At the heart of every impactful photograph lies a strong foundation: composition. A skilled photographer orchestrates visual elements within the frame to articulate a compelling narrative. Guided by principles like the “rule of thirds, “leading lines”, precise “depth of field,” and so on, the photographer creates his image. These tools infuse energy and guide the viewer’s eye through the visual tale. Composition is about what to include or leave out of the frame.

  • Developing Your Style

In the vast tapestry of perspectives, each individual perceives the world uniquely different, which lays the foundation for cultivating a personal style. Much like a fingerprint, this style becomes the distinctive mark that renders your work uniquely and unmistakably yours. Personal style in photography manifests itself in a myriad of ways, with choices that uniquely characterize your work. Beyond subject matter, a distinct coloring style can define your images, or dramatic lighting may be the hallmark of your style. Additionally, how you arrange elements within the frame may distinguish your work. Whatever it is, they can form a rich tapestry of your personal photographic style.

  • Research & Preparation

 Ansel Adams’ once said “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” At the core of impactful photography lies a creative vision, a clear understanding of what you aim to convey. For me, the journey begins well before reaching a location. Before going to a location, I research the area to see what might interest me about this location. Using tools like the Photographers Ephemeris app, I analyze how light will interact with the chosen setting. Research and planning, therefore, become indispensable partners in the quest for creating memorable images.

  • The Power of the Print

The power of printing photos should not be underestimated. The act of printing introduces an additional layer of connection between you and the image. I personally love the full line-up of Hahnemuhle medias, but for this series I used the Matt FineArt Textured medias. The sample pack contains two sheets of each of my favorite papers including: Albrecht Durer, Torchon, German Etching, William Turner, and Museum Etching. Give them a try – you’ll love them!

Happy Shooting & Printing!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Dulis is a Canadian photographer and visual storyteller living in Toronto, Ontario. His work has been published in a number of magazines such as Graphic Arts Magazine, Visual Wilderness,  Luminous Landscape, Photo News and has been recognized for photography excellence. Peter offers photo & printing workshops in southern Ontario and can be reached at info@photographyAdventures.ca

Peter shares many of his tips and techniques in his monthly newsletter – PhotographyAdventures.ca and PeterDulisPhotography.com

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Peter Dulis is a Canadian photographer and visual storyteller living in Toronto, Ontario. His work has been published in a number of magazines such as Graphic Arts Magazine, Visual Wilderness, Luminous Landscape, Photo News and has been recognized for photography excellence. “I’ve had the chance to meet & work with some incredible people in the industry. Photography isn’t just about making photographs; it’s about choosing a life of curiosity, exploration, and wonder, immersing yourself in the world around you.” Peter shares many of his tips and techniques in his monthly newsletter https://photographyadventures.ca/newsletter-sign-up/

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