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Cropping to make a better photograph

As photographers, we are filtering our experience of the world when we click the shutter. What we choose to include, and exclude, impacts the reaction the viewer has when they see the image. If it is successful, it pulls them into a world we have created. Using color, texture, form and light are key tools in that service. And so are composition and content.

Cropping, either by zooming in with the lens, or stepping closer to your subject is a great tool to add impact to your work. For example, rather than shooting a wide shot of a group of chickens at a farm north of Denver, coming in close adds impact and interest.  It's something to consider when you are shooting any subject.

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