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When Possible, Take a Last Look
By Kerry Drager
It's easy to get so wrapped up in composing your shot that you miss the extra things that can slip into an image. Assuming fast-changing light or a moving subject doesn't demand quick action, then perform this viewfinder inspection: Scan things from border to border, corner to corner. What to look for:
-Distractions: These include "hot spots" (sunlit glare), stray branches or pieces of litter, out-of-focus objects in an otherwise all-sharp picture, and out-of-place bright colors in subdued scenes. Remember: The brightest, lightest, or most colorful part of an image will attract the viewer's eye first. That's desirable if it's your main subject. But if it's NOT your intended main focal point, then re-compose to leave those offending elements out of the scene.
-Merges: The oft-cited example of a merge is a tree or pole sprouting out of someone's head. But a merge also can be any separate subject or same-color object that overlaps another one in a visually distracting way. Check, too, for a key element that touches - or almost touches - the edge of the picture frame; adjust your image to give that item "breathing room."
-Lastly: Along with a static scene, this process works more efficiently when shooting with a tripod!

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Welcome to the 521st issue of SnapShot!

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Photo Q&A

1: Mirror Image Shots
I have seen lots of baby pictures with the infant laying on a mirror so you shot both the baby and his/her reflection. In almost all the photos, the mirror appears black. Can anyone give me tips on how to do this type of photo?
Thanks so much!
- Sheila Lavery
It's black because the background is black fabric, and you're seeing a reflection of it.
Just hang up the fabric far enough back to keep less light off of it, or block some light from hitting it if your space is too small.
It's really simple to do.
- Gregory LaGrange
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