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In photography, like most of life, the details matter. I am NOT talking about the details that the pedants hunt for. I’m not talking about the stuff only other photographers would notice. I AM talking about stuff that can easily be avoided by just paying attention.

Take a look at this image. What’s wrong with it? Notice the clip we used to pin the fabric to her body? It’s sticking out into the shot from the middle of her back. Chances are you might not have seen it at first, but a careful look around the frame can help find “intruders” like this that can spoil your shot. Yes – you can remove this in post. But that takes time and time is money. Why not just try to fix it before you get to post? In this case, simply re-positioning the clip or taking one step to the right or turning the model a bit to the left would have done the job. Three simple ways to fix the problem that take one second each rather than minutes in Photoshop.

Try to make it a pattern. When you are just getting ready to press the shutter, take a breath and look all the way around the frame. I like to work clockwise, top to bottom. Look for anything that doesn’t belong in the picture and work to remove it BEFORE you make the photograph. Don’t be lazy in the camera room and you’ll save yourself a ton of time in the digital darkroom.

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