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In a recent article written by Nick Melidonis for Rangefinder Magazine, Nick commented, “The artist starts with nothing and chooses only the elements he or she wishes to include in the canvas to communicate with the viewer. The photographer, unfortunately, starts with everything and must choose the elements of the composition carefully in deciding what to leave out. Trying to pack too much into a photograph is like cramming too much into your suitcase. It only makes the thing you are looking for that much harder to find.”
Get in the habit of narrowing your view when you are out shooting photos. It requires some discipline to visualize a photograph in the middle of all the clutter we see around us. But you can train yourself to “look.” Shooting on vacation or away from our personal location is easier because we have not become familiar with a different environment. I blogged abbout this in “Become unfamiliar with your surroundings”.
When shooting pictures of people, be careful with the background. Avoid busy or distracting backgrounds. Be aware of lines coming out of the head and body of those persons you are photographing. It could be a tree or a vertical aspect of a building. When possible, allow the background to be out-of-focus. This puts the emphasis on your subject and is much more flattering.
Open your eyes and see with a different light.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -David Thoreau