|Another rule (that is often
successfully broken) is the one about where to place the frame of the
image. It is usually good to not cut off the subject's head, as the eyes
are often the most important part of that head. But it is equally
important to not amputate at a joint. If you can't get the whole subject
in the frame, or if you are concentrating on just a part of the subject,
pay attention to the edges.|
I cut off one of his feet.
this is better, all of the foal is included in the frame, but now that I
look around, the adult horse in the background is a distraction.
is the better of the three - the foal is not an amputee and there is no
|This amputation rule also applies if
part of the subject is the shadow. It is not always possible to zero in on
the subject and its entire shadow, but when you can do it, it can be
A new spring sprig of sage brush in the early morning light
makes a nice contrast to the tracks of the critters who stopped to
The amputated shadow and distracting background
make this one a throw-away.
Here the shadow is intact and there is no dark or light spots
in the background to distract the eye.
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