Seeing the simple

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Article Excerpt:
Keeping things simple has two components…You do not have to wait until there is a special occasion or you have an amazing subject to snap a picture. If you look closely at the world around you, you will find many simple subjects that would make terrific photographs. The curve of a table leg, the basket that holds some magazines, or the curve of a leaf are all simple subjects that can make dramatic photos. Keeping things simple opens the world around you to many new photographs that you might otherwise overlook.

The second component of keeping it simple is the background of your photo. While our eyes can see depth and easily pick out the subject, cameras flatten the image and it is important to make sure there are no distractions in your final image. Once you know what you would like your subject to be, look through your camera and make sure that there is nothing distracting from your subject. Is there a very bright color in the background, something that is bigger and towers over your subject, or something that is such a similar color that your subject blends into its background?

Simple images can be just as dramatic as complex images. Your camera angle, lighting, and composition are the elements that make a photograph spectacular. Pick any subject, pay attention to the background, and experiment. You might be surprised at the image you capture.
~Connie McGouldrick from her article Keeping Digital Images Simple – Digital Photography Tips

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