7 Key Elements Towards Conceptual Photography


Hi everyone! I wanted to share some useful photography information towards the more conceptual based photography style that is starting to be showcased within today’s society. Conceptual Photography is staged to represent an idea, and the ‘concept’ is both preconceived and understandable within the completed image. This particular style is most often seen in advertising and illustration based artwork.

These 7 Key Elements towards the conceptual idea of photography are great thoughts and ideas to keep in mind when pursuing a photo shoot with a certain concept based direction.


Give your images that look and definition with sparks of color. Photoshop and Lightroom are great resources that can help bring out a wide variety of colors, and can also help you manipulate your images as well.


Texture’s helps give your images a dimensional look that helps add to the overall story, and provides a real life feel of the story being told. That additive towards a great visual feel helps draw a viewers eye into your imagery, and also gives the appeal of being there on a more personal level.


This element is key on how your viewers see and understand your images concept. So seeing it clearly in your mind before the actual shooting process is a great step in understanding what the finished product would look like.


Try and understand this element very well. Do your research and giver yourself a good understanding on what particular gestures and possibly features are represented to your ideal audience. You want to make the viewer think, but not to the point of over-thinking your artwork.

Poses can be associated with emotions as well, so be careful on how you would want them to be portrayed. If you are not sure on where to start on posing your model, then you are welcome to glance over my blog post on 15 Simple Ideas towards Posing Your Clients for a good understanding on posing and setting up your model.


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These are elements that help lead your viewers eye to your artwork, and helps them understand what your theme might be for the overall concept. Using large props are exciting for viewers, and can help catch their eye from other fellow artwork pieces.

A wide assortment of conceptual based photography is based just upon prop images to send out a story all in itself. So being aware of what what your overall idea is before shooting your images is a great way to understand what you want your viewers to see when trying to understand your artwork.

6.Outfits / Wardrobe

Outfits are a big part of the story as well, and can be understood in different ways. So keep in mind what your model or subject is wearing. You do not need anything expensive, but just make sure it fits the theme of the overall story. The color of the outfit or wardrobe can also send out a variety of different emotions or feelings to your audience, so make sure that if you are wanting a certain feel then try and pair your theme with that particular color.

7.Overall Story

This element is EVERYTHING! Making sure your overall vision is understood across the entire series – from development, the photo shoot, and all the way to post processing to make sure your message is being conveyed powerfully. The story is your inspiration towards the overall concept, so make sure that all of your efforts and hard work are put to the full expectation.


Thank you for reading this weeks blog post, and I hope that these 7 key elements are helpful towards telling your story though your inspired journey on the conceptual based photography path.

If you have any comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to each out to me.

12 Elements of a Remarkable Photograph




Hi there, this week’s blog post is going to be about the top elements for creating a unique and outstanding photography! I am going to share with you the top twelve elements towards making a remarkable photograph. These elements are defined as necessary parts towards the success of an image.

Well; image, art piece, or photograph that will reveal some means of all of these twelve elements. A visually superior image will reveal obvious consideration of each one of these elements in some sort of visual way.


Impact: is the first view of an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotional feeling that an individual gets when viewing the image.

Creativity: original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message, or thought.

Technical Proficient: the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some design aspects that speak to the qualities of the over all print.




Composition: the importantance towards the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together to express the over all purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Lighting: the use and control of light—which we talked about in last weeks post on “The Art of Lighting” which refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. The light applied towards an image could be man made or natural, but proper use of it should enhance the image.

Style: is defined in ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Print Presentation: affects an image by giving it a finished look, which the mats and borders used should support and enhance the image, not to distract from it.




Center of Interest: the point or points on an image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest, but occasionally there will not be a specific center of interest. When the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Subject Matter: should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Color Balance: is the over all harmony of an image, in which the tones work together to effectively supporting the image and enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Technique: is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and many more are parts of the techniques that can be applied to an image.

Story Telling: the image’s ability to evoke imagination. Each viewer might collect his own message, or read their own story in an image.


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