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Chapter 5: Composing Photographs > Keeping It Simple

Keeping It Simple

Anne Geddes, a photographer famous for her photograph of babies as flowers, said, “The hardest thing in photography is to create a simple image.” Keeping it simple means showing only what tells the story and nothing else. A good starting place for learning to keep it simple is to get close to your subject — really, really close. Zoom in and get just the face or the bits and pieces that tell the story. In 5-2, a photo of a newborn baby, there is no doubt what the subject of this photo is. This photo could be titled “New” because it highlights features that are unique to a newborn baby: the curled-up body, the wrinkles on the hands and toes.

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ABOUT THIS PHOTO Zooming in close and getting just pieces of your subject can sometimes tell a larger story about miracles and new life. Taken at ISO 320, f/3.2, and 1/250 second. ©Stacy Wasmuth / www.bluecandyphotography.com


  

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