To Title or not to Title…

May 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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I find myself asking this very question with certain images I post. I like to Title my photos. However, there are rare occasions that I feel leaving the title out has the viewer look into it more. The above photo is my latest example.

You might find yourself asking “what happened here?” and spending the time to figure it out. Possibly making some assumptions. “Did someone fall in?” This is what makes a photo engaging and entertaining.

Now, had I titled the shot “Searching for Baby Turtles”, for example, the question is answered and it’s just a photo of a bunch of kids looking for baby turtles to catch. The viewer can now move on quickly because the work was done for them.

 

For the sake of identifying the image in conversation and sales, I named the shot “The Search”. A good title because it is vague enough to not give anything away.



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