SIMPLE TIPS FOR BETTER PHOTOS – 2

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I recently posted a piece containing five simple bits of advice for obtaining better pictures – and asked for any other ideas on this topic.  That first post is here – and two  more ideas have emerged.

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IMAGE “SHAPE” – THE CONSTRAINTS ARE GONE!

There was a time, prior to digital, when most photographs were produced in conventional proportions.  Square is the simplest example.  And then there were various rectangular shapes, for example the 3×2 ratio, which would result in 6 by 4 inch prints, and so on.

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But Andy Luck (http://lensscaper.wordpress.com) makes the very valid points that there is nothing sacrosanct about these ratios and that, rather than adhering mindlessly to them, we should instead tailor image shape to the requirements of each image’s composition.  I think Andy is exactly right.

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In my earlier post, I’d talked about excluding from the frame anything that doesn’t support or have a bearing on the subject – and, as Andy also points out, use of non-standard frame ratios can help in this significantly.

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OK, maybe your image requires a square or 3×2 ratio frame – then go for it!  But there are for example “letterbox” formats, very long and thin, and there is no reason at all why you shouldn’t use them.  You’ll find some in this blog, and here are some examples.
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If you print such images on standard sized paper, the final product will have blank, white areas – but these are easily removed with a guillotine.

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KEEP ON SHOOTING!

These days, rather than frenetically rushing about looking for pictures, I tend to let them come more to me. But when something with photographic interest and potential does appear, I take lots of pictures of it, often from various angles and orientations. And the shot I like best is very rarely the first one I took of whatever it was, it is often quite some way down the line.

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So if you think you’ve captured the “perfect” shot of something, my advice is not at all to bet on it, but to go on trying new angles and so – the message is – KEEP ON SHOOTING!!! You can always delete unwanted versions later – but the later shots may just contain your dream!

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Adrian

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16 comments

    • Haha >>> you know me >>> what else am I going to scream but “HAVE A GO!!!” 🙂 I’ve found digital to be extremely liberating in this format aspect – keeping to 3×2 etc really is limiting. Glad the tips are of use. A 🙂

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  1. I enjoyed the examples (wonderful images) in your slideshow here. And my eyes was caught on the black and white image of the lonely tree. I really like that one!

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    • Hello, Dina – don’t I remember you from the blogging world a year or two back, or am I mistaken? In any case, its very good to hear from you – and thank you for your kind thoughts! Happy holidays to you too! Adrian 🙂

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