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    Hi guys,

    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.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Less is More, need help in composition

    Quote Originally Posted by L2snap View Post
    ................... 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? ..............
    take away whatever items cause distraction.

    Quote Originally Posted by L2snap View Post
    .............. 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? ..
    try another angle, use long lens, find another lamp post
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    Default Re: Less is More, need help in composition

    Composition technqiue! It doesnt fall from sky, train your eyes.
    Let me try:

    1) Remove other unnecessary objects, or arrange the entire desk In Order. Tell a story perhaps, whats the pen use for...

    2) Frame the leaves and other stuff, place the lamp on center of interest.

    Actually best to take a picture first and post at CC. Pick up a photography book at the library if you have 5 mins, will help you a lot ahead.

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    See my Photo Gallery at the Clubsnap

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    Good link. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L2snap View Post
    If cases like these happen, do that mean I can't make a picture of it and I should go find other objects?
    it just means that you haven't taken the effort to isolate it with angles, perspectives, etc.

    less is more - it is not just snapping solo objects. it is finding a way to isolate things, make them stand out.

    for example, if you have a red pencil amidst many brown stationary, it is isolated as well, no? think out of the box.

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    if this may be of any help as an example.
    Already abused my D40 and D80 for my flickr

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    Great.. Thanks for the replies, link and even example.. I guess I have a lot of homework here. I'll keep the thread open for any other replies..

    Thanks again, really appreciate it

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    It's all up to your perspective. You can choose to recompose the picture, re-arrange the subjects (subtract, add or re-arrange, etc)

    or choose other subjects to shoot instead.
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    Default Re: Less is More, need help in composition

    Quote Originally Posted by L2snap View Post
    Hi guys,

    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.

    Thanks
    another thing is of course photoshop or lightroom....you be surprised how many people actually follow the "no editing" rule if any in competitions.
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