I read some of comments in critic corners that said, "in competition, the most important part is composition, composition and composition.", "clear out the mess, less is more".
I understand what those quotes mean, but I found it very difficult to do. For example, I want to make a picture of a pen on the table. But on that table, there are many other things such as sticky notes, calculator, highlighter etc. that sit close to each other. Could one give me some ideas on how am I suppose to clear the mess? Another example, I see a street lamp that interest me. But very close to the lamp there is a twig and leaves which I don't want to include in my picture. Again, how am I suppose to clear the mess?
If cases like these happen, do that mean I can't make a picture of it and I should go find other objects?
Please excuse this stupid question.