Friday, December 9, 2011

Thought Of The Day: Keep It Simple

Photography is a form of non-verbal communication. Like verbal communication, it's more effective to be clear and simple. Adding a bunch of useless words to a sentence will only cause confusion. Adding a bunch of unimportant objects to a photograph will only cause confusion.

Although there are exceptions, the best photographs are those that are clear and simple. If there is something unimportant, remove it! It's best to do this before pressing the shutter release button. If you're lucky, you might be able to crop it out or even clone-stamp it out later in post-processing, but never count on that. If at all possible, take care of this in the field instead of at your computer.

Make your non-verbal statement in as few of words as possible. That clear and simple communication will almost always be the strongest way of making a statement to those viewing your photographs.

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