Have you ever had one of the best snap shots ever, but something in the photo distracts you from what you originally saw? You are not alone! At the end of this post I will show you two of my images, one original one edited. However it is not completely on our topic today.
As we talked about in the original “Snap shots” post, anticipating the action will give you a head start on getting the camera up and ready or even as much time as getting a different perspective on your subject. Be careful of too much enthusiasm by “over composing” the candid snap shot. I suggest being able to take a different perspective on the snap shot; if you are able to anticipate that far in advance; to avoid photographing undesired objects.
My next suggestion is, if while reviewing your snap shots you see a distracting object surrounding the subject or in the background, crop the photo to exclude the distraction.
Passive cropping – is removing an undesirable object from the photo without cropping out any part of your subject.
Aggressive cropping – to remove part of your subject from the photo to direct attention or remove distraction without removing vital elements.
Please never be afraid of cropping “too close” to your subject. You camera only sees a small portion of what you see. So take advantage of it by getting in even closer! The less surrounding your subject, draws more of your viewer’s attention to your subject. Aggressive cropping can be bad, but I have not seen anyone over crop their own photo, because they know their intended subject.
So the two suggestions being:
- Get closer to you subject physically or with a zoom lens.
- Crop the digital image.
Now for my little “mess-up”:
Oh well! We cannot win them all! Those we lose, we just edit. Right?