How an image ultimately looks comes down to a couple basic principles, light and composition. Post work can play a third as well but without light and composition there is nothing to really work with.
Here are three images of the exact same flower taken the same day changing the composition, light and minor changes to camera settings. Even though they are all the same subject taken on the same table with the same lights, by changing where the light is located and how strong it is along with moving the camera and flower to capture a different angle each photo is vastly different.
A few small differences really can really change the look and feel of an image. In each image the beauty of the flower shines through in a different and unique way.
Click on each for a larger image to view.
|Soft & Structured|
|Muted Beauty |
|Light & Shadow Dance|