To be soft is to be powerful!

3 rules in photography

When I was learning photography, the pundits said there are three rules of photography.

Rule #1- your photos must be sharp

Rule #2- your photos must be sharp

Rule #3- your photos must be sharp

They emphasised that the only photographs that are worthy of competition are those that are crystal clear, sharp, and crisp.

We are supposed to strive to take crisp photos of every click.

Photography-focused YouTubers have shared details about how they organise their photographs after importing them into Lightroom. The first duty after importing the photographs is to check them for sharpness; if the images or soft or blurred they are ruthlessly culled.

They were proudly telling that plenty of storage space is saved because of this very first act!

So everywhere ‘sharpness’ ruled the photography kingdom.

Classes on the internet

You can find a tonne of online instructions on how to get sharp photos, right?

Beginners often blame either the lens or the camera body, even shaky hands for their inability to capture sharp photographs.

So much about sharpness.

Nobody ever accorded the photograph’s ‘softness aspect’ any thought.

Is sharpness overrated?

(True, dedicated photographers of ‘Flower macro photography’ were spreading the message of bringing softness to flower images.)

If such rules are framed how can you expect creativity?

“Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else ever thought.”

Albert Einstein

Thanks to Bren, we are in a position to appreciate the beauty while bringing softness to our photos, not just flower clicks but in a variety of situations.

“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”

Robert Heinecken

Who decides which photo is the best?

It’s a difficult question to answer.

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”

Joan Miro


“Happiness blooms from within” Unknown



“Dreams are not what you see in sleep, it is the thing which doesn’t let you sleep.” A.P.J Abdul Kalam



“Sunrise looks spectacular in nature; sunrise looks spectacular in the photos; sunrise looks spectacular in our dreams; sunrise looks spectacular in the paintings because it really is spectacular!”

Mehmet Murat Ildan



“Art is what we call…the thing an artist does.

It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it.

What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making.

Something risky. Something human. Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”

Seth Godin

Special thanks to Bren.

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Mr Philo

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This post is part of Bren’s LAPC #237 Bringing Softness


15 thoughts on “To be soft is to be powerful!

  1. First, I love the Mira quote today. And you are so right. We are taught, And I remember being graded, on the clarity. Art is in the eyes of the beholder. I love the way you presented the whole idea of photography here with an excellent balance to Bren’s challenge. A lot of thought went into your words and the photos to balance the thoughts. Love it.

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