Everybody knows how an elephant looks like

7 10 2010

As mentioned in my previous post, I had the opportunity to listen to some great presentations at photokina. Today I want to share a lessons which resonated with me.

The lesson is to shoot tight. Fill the frame with what you want to show. This also helps to eliminate distracting objects in the background. Try to look for interesting details. The detail can be the fur or feathers of an animal, the eyes in a portrait, the brick in the wall  or  the tusk of an elephant, or ,as Johnathan  Scott put it during his presentation:  “Everybody knows how an elephant looks like, you don’t need to have the whole elephant in the picture to make a picture of an elephant.”

Be sure to also check out this post on the subject at Photofocus.com.

Happy shooting!

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