When deciding what to name your photograph, the number one most important thing to think about will always be how you feel. What did you think when you were taking it? How do you want your audience to feel when looking at it? What kind of emotions do you want it to invoke? However, just remember that everyone is different and your process might not be the same as someone else’s. The following are 5 things to consider when you are choosing what to name your photographs.
1. Forget grammar.
When choosing a name for your photo, don’t worry about the exact spelling. This is your chance to be creative with naming. It’s an artistic expression just as much as the photograph with to omit, add on or replace letters as you feel is necessary to dictate the emotion of the photo.
2. Go with your gut.
Don’t overthink it too much. Your audience will typically respond to something more if you aren’t trying too hard. When choosing what to name your photograph, what feels right and what you thought of initially will probably be the best choice.
3. Intrigue your audience
Naming your photograph something that leaves a little mystery will immediately cause your audience to think about what you really meant. Make viewers think by giving something a double meaning or leaving something to the imagination. This will cause them to remember your photograph.
4. Be memorable.
No one likes clichés and it’s especially true in photograph naming. Don’t choose anything that has been done before and don’t be afraid of going out of your comfort zone. Chances are, there will be someone out there that understands exactly what you’re trying to do and applaud you for it.
5. Test the waters.
It never hurts to ask your closest friends and family what they think about the name of your photograph. For an even more honest answer, mix your photography with different names and other photographs so they aren’t biased at all. However, at the end of the day, you must go with what you feel is right, even if your loved ones have a different opinion. Stay true to your own being.
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