(Snow Goose – Bosque del Apache, NM. Canon 1d MK II – Sigma 300-800 Zoom)
I once heard a famous photographer say, “The difference between a professional photographer and an amateur photographer is that the pro knows what NOT to include in the photograph.”
Whenever you frame an image, look around the viewfinder for a few seconds and ask yourself if there’s anything in the photo that you could exclude. Can you tell the same photographic story by including only a small part of the subject?
Would a detail shot offer more to the viewer than a wide, all-inclusive panorama?
Simple is almost always best. If you can’t think of a very good reason to keep something in the picture, get rid of it. Try to keep as few elements in the scene as possible. Focus the viewer’s attention on one simple idea, and your photos will have bigger impact.
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