Choosing a Subject

"The first step in taking a photograph
is choosing a subject."

Usually the subject seems obvious, but you must realize that every scene offers a wide variety of choices. As a general rule of thumb the subject should stand out in the scene.

Cut the Clutter

If there are too many details that stand out in a scene, use your viewfinder to get rid of them. Clutter will make it difficult for the viewer to focus on your subject. Remember, the picture is not taken until you click the shutter, so make sure that what is in the viewfinder is what you want.

Isolate the Subject

Since everything that is in the viewfinder has the same prominence, it is up to you, the photographer, to organize the scene and select the image to bring out.

If you are having a hard time cutting out the clutter there are a few things that you can try. Move in on the subject so that it fills more of the picture and most of the unwanted clutter is cropped out. You can also try shooting at a downward angle from above the subject to cut out background detail.

The main idea when you are choosing a subject is to make sure that it dominates the photograph or it may not be realized.

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