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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Welcome to another tip on photography. There are certain things that are worth hearing again and again, whether you are a seasoned pro or whether you are new to photography. One of these is composition. Well, that means shooting high with from the high perspective or down-low or moving our camera from one side to another or zooming in or zooming out. One of things that we have to think about is we have to get beyond composition a bit. Here is a challenge for you. The next time you are shooting, let's say you are photographing a bride and a groom, what I want you to do is to compose the frame and compose it and then take that image and then think about "how could I crop this photo?" In other words, maybe you simply want to point the camera down and crop out your heads.
You just have the garments the tuxedo and the wedding dress or maybe you are nature photographer. Compose the frames so you have a beautiful scene of a bird on nice shimmering water, but then wait for the bird to take off and as it takes off, crop the frame. So you zoomed into just the feet leaving the water, that one dramatic moment, or maybe you photograph kids and you are photographing someone in their backyards. The kid is swinging in his backyard on a tree swing or something. Well get that shot where he is right extended out, he is smiling, he is happy.
It's that one moment, compose that. But then try another shot. Ask him to jump off the swing-- of course if it isn't too high-- and when he jumps, crop out everything else with the kid flying through the air excited. So if you want to take better photos or make better photos, think about composition of course, how you compose the frame, but then also think about how you can use your camera, your camera position, also zooming in or zooming out in order to crop on camera. One of things that I have discovered is that by experimenting, with thinking of your camera as a tool for cropping, not just composing, many times this can lead to new and interesting and sometimes really creative results.
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