The Mantra for Making Good Images

While reviewing our Tour participants’ images and sharing feedback on what could’ve been done better to make them kick butt harder, a common objection we hear is: “But there was no time!  Can we really think about all that in the heat of the moment?”

Well, if you want to make great images, you must.

But is there a mantra?  Can we encapsulate the whole of photography into a single word or acronym that will help you easily remember what it takes to bring home the bacon, without the labyrinth of technicalities crushing your head?  Can the bedrock of shooting technique be expressed in a nutshell?

Happily, yes.  And we call it ‘CASE‘.




‘CASE’ is a distillation of DSLR photography to the four most important factors of which you need to be constantly mindful, in order to frequently produce proficient images.  And it’s simply an acronym for ‘Composition, Autofocus, Shutter speed and Exposure (compensation)’.

Nail this quartet of variables – the pillars of photography, if you like – and there’s slim chance that a sloppy image will come off your card, unless the content itself is dull, exceptionally dull.  And dreary.

In the next part, we’ll see exactly how to go about nailing the composition, the autofocus, the shutter speed and the exposure compensation, to make a strong case for ‘CASE’.

But meanwhile, remember the acronym, chant it if required, chew it and digest it.  Let it seep deep into your memory.

For it’s the mantra for making great images.


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Santosh Saligram

Santosh is the head wordsmith and chief editor at Toehold. Between bouts of waxing eloquent about the wondrous ubiquitousness of Nature's whimsical beauty, he attempts to feed the content team on ripe imagination and lead it towards the sunlit peaks of excellence.


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