What Makes An Image Work (Part 2)

In Photographically Speaking, Resources, The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory, Tutorials &Technique by David9 Comments

Last Sunday I posted a photograph on the blog, and in The Contact Sheet email, inviting you to consider how I made one of my photographs. The exercise was a simple one, and I know some of you have seen it before but you can still learn from it. Look at the image and ask yourself what decisions I made to get the final photograph. What lens might I have used, what point of view, what settings, even what changes I might have made in development. I promised I’d walk you through it from my perspective and the video below does that. This video is also episode 1 from my ImageWork course which opens again for purchase/enrollment this Sunday.

I’ve had some really great feedback from many of you about the videos I’ve been putting out lately and if you liked them I think you’re going to love this series.

This coming Sunday (assuming you’re a subscriber to my emails) I’ll send you more details about the remaining 17 video lessons that make up the ImageWork course and introduce you to the bonus resources. This is the best valued course I’ve made to date, and I think probably the best-reviewed. I hope you’ll give it your consideration when I show you all the details this Sunday.

Oh! One last thing – I promised I’d draw a random winner from those who participated in the discussion about the image on the last post. The prize is a full enrollment in ImageWork (and ImageStory, too, but more on that later) and that winner is Steve Carey. I’ll be reaching out to enroll Steve in the both ImageWork and ImageStory on Sunday. 

Questions? I’d love to hear from you.

For the Love of the Photograph,


  1. Merci. Je l’avais vu 1uqnd j’avais acheté cette formation, mais j’en ai compris toute la profondeur avec ce nouveau visionnement.
    Expérience qui commence à se faire sentir.

    1. A really fabulous video chock full of helpful information and a way to further develop our creative choices! Thank you so much!

  2. The idea of “ why” you make these choices versus all of the other videos online of “ how “ to take images, or “how “ to move sliders is not discussed much or only in passing .

    It is as if a good friend over a nice chat one who is much more knowledgeable and artistic than you lets you into their thought process of why they do what they do. Brilliant series .

  3. I loved that last quote, ‘This isn’t about what is being correct, but what it being creative’! Wonderful words of wisdom David and as always, ever so helpful

  4. Wow – great advice as usual; got my creative juices thinking.

  5. Really helpful to see how local adjustments make such a huge difference.

  6. Very relevant demonstration of the whole creative process that I can apply to my own pictures. Merci

  7. Are you using full frame or aps-c cameras in these pics? The effect of a given numerical f-stop is different in each.

  8. This is what I have been looking for among the massive numbers of educational sources I have collected.

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