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Chapter 3. Compose a Good Photo

Chapter 3. Compose a Good Photo

Even if you pay a lot of money for a digital camera, it won't automatically take good pictures for you. You'll have to help it along. The automatic settings may handle many decisions for you, like when to use the flash or where to focus, but that won't be the case every time you push the button. For all the technology contained in your camera, there will be times you will need to let the camera know who's in charge. And as with any camera, you have to compose a shot.

The first rule of photographic composition is that there are no hard and fast rules. But there are considerations, not all immediately obvious, that can enhance how a shot will look. As the photographer, you will use your own aesthetic sense to determine the best way to achieve the look you want in each shot.


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