#2 Look Behind Your Subject

Many times we notice after the fact that we have a tree trunk, pole, or some other line intersecting the head of our subject.  Take a moment to look past your subject and see what may become a distraction. You may have to move around a bit to find a more pleasing angle.

If timing is critical, grab your shot regardless of the background first.  Then with the luxury of time back on your side, reposition yourself to eliminate those unwanted lines.  With children and pets, you may not get another chance to get exactly what you want so get the image now.

With this photo of George, I think it is pretty obvious that the pole is distracting. It just so happens that this was my favorite picture of George that I captured during the entire time I was dog sitting him. That expression and angle just did not happen again, so I am glad I took this anyway. Now if I had just had a reflector to fill those dark eyes in! But that is another class.

The excuse of “I’ll just fix that later in Photoshop” is for amateurs and reflects sloppy work. Fixing files also takes time and time is money. Photoshop is a great tool to assist you with challenges in images, but it is not an excuse not to do things right in the first place.

This is part one of an eight part series from an article  called “Everyday Images Made Extraordinary” that I wrote for www.BarbGordonPhotoCoach.com a division of Gordon Photography & Gallery dedicated to mentoring other professional photographers who wish to learn more about the business of photography.

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