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Composition: Don't Stop Now ... Keep Shooting

Have a photogenic subject? Work it in as many ways as you can!

by Kerry Drager

Self-Portrait & Truck 1a
Self-Portrait & Truck 1a
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Whenever I find a photogenic (and static) scene that really motivates me, I work it every which way I can within whatever time constraints I have. This means trying different compositions, different focal lengths, or different lighting angles. But this process also might mean the following:

Try different f/stops ... in order to experiment with the depth of field (the range of sharpness in the scene).

Try different shutter speeds ... in order to experiment with subject motion - by freezing the action or by showing a soft blur of movement.



'42 Ford Dump Truck
'42 Ford Dump Truck
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If possible, I�ll even go back for seconds - maybe even thirds! Here�s why I do it, and why you should, too:

The act of shooting a subject, inspecting the results later (especially after the initial excitement of the shooting session has cooled down), and then returning for a re-shoot is a valuable way to develop your self-critiquing abilities ... while also improving your photographic vision.

This article is excerpted from Kerry Drager's BetterPhoto.com course: Field Techniques: Light and Composition





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