Observing before the capture

One of the greatest and most simple advice I was given by a photographer was by Chenin Boutwell, who said, “Before you take the photo, look and see is this the right perspective, is there a better angle?”

It taught me to carefully observe what’s behind and around my subject.  Here are a few examples I have saved on hand for this post.  The first images aren’t necessarily bad, but I think you’ll find the after’s much more cleaned up.

Example #1:  To the left you see the green sign behind the bride’s head.  I could photoshop it out in post, but why take the time when…  Solution: Taking a step to my right would then hide the sign behind the bride.  My subject didn’t even have to move.

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Example #2: This one taken by my second shooter who snapped the first moscow mule and realized the background was a bit busy in the back.  Solution: Just moving her camera a few inches up, what a beautiful background that doesn’t compete with the drink, so nicely framed!

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I hope this encourages you to carefully look through your viewfinder and review your images before you move onto the next event.  Taking a few seconds to review and analyze your first shot with a detailed eye is always worth it in the end.  Never be afraid to take another shot.

Diana Elizabeth says always check where you stand, think about your angles and check what’s in the background – garbage cans, distracting people, cars, and think creatively to get the perspective and feeling you want.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

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