I think the most difficult thing for me when composing an image is what to leave or to ignore. I never want to get back from a shoot and say “I wish I had just left _____ in the shot”. I usually shoot all my subjects from many angles, both wide and tight. However there are some things you just need to leave out of a shot. For instance a building with a parking garage on the side, the garage is an eye sore no matter how nice it is. I was at a hotel one day and there was a Ferarri in the parking lot, when I got ready to take a shot I noticed the car was damaged on the far corner. So rather than miss the opportunity to add a Ferarri to my collection, I simply cropped tight and snapped a creative image of a piece of the car. This same trick can be used in many situations, for instance in this image you are unaware of the distracting flower that was in front of the flower shown because of my composition. If I had left the distraction, that is all you would have seen. Because I left it out you see a much more detailed image that is very bold and appealing.
Follow the rule of thirds when able, but don’t miss a shot because of the rule. Crop tight unless you are trying to display a vast landscape or area. look around before bringing your camera to your eye. You might just find a better image by taking a moment to look at your options..
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