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Tips On How To Name Your Photographs

Updated on May 18, 2012
Form Of The Bell
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Assuming you are new to photography and eager to show your art to the world, you need to find a place that will display your art. Most places where you display your art require you to name your photographs. Essentially the name you choose will set the mood for your piece of artwork. It will help the audience viewing it understand how you felt at the time of the shot, or what your thought process had been. It will put them in your shoes and help them view the world through your eyes.

I find it best think back to the time of the shot. What had captured your attention about this particular soon to be photo? What were you feeling? For example, imagine you had just taken a photo of a spectacular sunset. The color of the sky was filled with orange, yellows and pinks and seemed to be on fire. A possible name for this photo could be Fiery Sky, Fire In The Sky or Fire On The Horizon etc. The list could go on and on, the names becoming ever more creative.

Another example would be a photo I had taken a while back of these tiny white flowers to your right. When I first saw them I thought to myself, "My aren't these beautiful, they're shaped like little bells." I felt happy and elated to find such a beautiful flower. However, while I was processing my photo I decided to name it "Form Of The Bell." Simply because, the flower had taken on the form a of a bell.

Naming your art becomes easy once you recall your first reaction to the object you took a photo of. Name it after an emotion you felt at the time, or name it after something it resembles. Just remember to be creative and to always have fun with it!


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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Good advice. I was coming up with pretty boring names for my pics, but you've stated a good point- that they should reflect the mood when the picture was being taken.