What’s in a name?

A photo’s title can affect what people think of it

Sharing your final images with others can be both rewarding and informative. Creating an audience for your work will allow you to engage with others about what they like and which images get the most attention. Whether you are posting your images to social media, photo competitions, an online gallery or the Canon Hub giving your image a name can be a great way to further communicate with the viewer.

Naming your image will essentially inform the viewer further about how the image came about, what mood you were in when you took it and how you view the particular image. Depending on what name you choose you can influence the viewer on how to view the photograph adding emotion and meaning and hopefully enhancing the experience of those looking at your work.

A good place to start when thinking of a name for a particular image is to cast your mind back to when you took it. What influenced you to shoot that subject, what caught your eye in particular about the scene? It might not be obvious in the image so creating a name based on your experience will draw the viewer into your mind-set and let them understand your thinking about the image. 

Assume for instance you had taken a landscape image with huge storm clouds brewing over the landscape as the sun bursts through a gap illuminating a small area in the foreground of your image. A possible name for this image could be "Break in the storm", "Light from dark", "A ray of hope". Carry on coming up with names until settling on one you are happy with.

Once you start to think about your images in this way, remembering back to when it was taken, what you were doing, what your mood was, and what you were focussing on, now coming up with a name becomes an easy and fun way of putting that final touch to your masterpiece.

Photographer Antony Burch has done a great job with naming his submissions to the Canon Gallery. 

Look as his two examples, then read the name and look back at the image. Does having that new information make you look at the image with a different light, does it better your experience and draw you closer into his mind-set what taking the images?

God's own country, Antony Burch

Lost World, Antony Burch

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