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Chapter Four. Shooting Landscapes Like a... > Don’t Crop Wildlife in Motion Too Cl...

Don’t Crop Wildlife in Motion Too Close

PEGGY GUENZEL

If you’re shooting wildlife, when you’re composing the image, don’t frame it so close that the animal has nowhere to go. In other words, give the animal some space in front of the direction it’s going for a much stronger composition—one that tells a story. If you crop in too tight and don’t leave room for the animal to exit the frame, it’s almost like trapping them in your shot, and the photo will look uncomfortable to the viewer. When you’re composing in the viewfinder, leave some extra space to “run” in front of your subject, and your photo will be that much stronger for it.

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