Beginning Photography Tip #4:
Detail Photo of French
© Jim Miotke 2005
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Discern what you are really interested in and center your efforts on getting the
best photo of this subject, whether it a still life, your funny cat, your doggy,
a friend, a family matter, a mood, a place or culture.
Then be sure to keep anything that would distract out of the picture. Go as far
as Ansel Adams did to remove unwanted elements.
The easiest way to do this is to watch your borders - the edges of the view you
see through the camera's viewfinder. Then recompose if anything - such as an unattractive
telephone wire, an old soda can, a distracting sign, your finger, or your camera
strap - hangs into your picture.
It can become more difficult if you want to, say, shoot a San Francisco cable car
without a single distracting telephone line. But even in such a difficult case,
you have many options.
- Focus in on a close-up that tells the whole story;
- Move around until you arrange the telephone lines into a neat pattern that leads
to the subject; or
- Take a panning shot that makes the cable car remain in focus while the background