Monday, March 9, 2009

Instructor's Tip: The Kiss Method, Part 2

I hope you enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

KISS Method: Keep It Sweet And Simple PART 2

Every time you raise your camera to your eye, remind yourself to not only look at your subject in the viewfinder but to also concentrate on what the camera sees to the left, right, top and bottom of the subject. Is there an obtrusive twig in the top right corner that will cause a distraction? Is there a glaring bright spot somewhere in the frame that will be detrimental to the image? Is part of another animal’s body awkwardly appearing in part of the viewfinder ruining a great shot of a bull elk because another elk’s rear end is in the bottom right?

The next time that you go out creating images, before you depress the shutter release, remind yourself to check the entire viewfinder for distractions and keep the accompanying tips in the forefront of your mind to create images with more drama and impact. As a matter of fact, make a copy of the article and stuff it into your camera bag. Every time you open it, you’ll be reminded of just how satisfying a KISS is.

To learn more about this subject, join Russ on one of his photo tours. Please visit to get more information.

To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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