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Why is that tree popping out of your head?

Added on Monday 1st of November 2010 03:56 am EST
 

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When framing casual portraits, check to see that there isn’t anything that appears to be visually growing out of your subject’s head. Trees, lamp posts, signs, telephone poles, and even door and window frames are typical culprits that you often don’t notice when shooting, but somehow magically appear when you later view your image, as shown in Figure A.

While you’re placing all your attention on your subject, you may fail to notice what’s happening in the background. So, the next time you’re about to take that perfect portrait, look at all four edges of your viewfinder. In doing so, you’ll move your attention away from your subject and discover what just might be lurking in the distance. When you do find something amiss, move your vantage point or move your subject until you...