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Simplify Your Compositions ...it’s simple!:
Another consideration with off-center subjects is autofocusing. If the subject is located out of the camera’s AF target area, the camera will focus on the background rather than on the subject. Some AF SLRs have wide AF areas that can handle off-center subjects (the viewfinder’s AF target will show you the camera’s AF area). If yours has only a small central AF area, aim it at the subject, lock the focus (generally, by holding the shutter button halfway down), then recompose the image as desired and shoot.
It’s a good idea to try composing the subject somewhere besides dead-center in the frame—sometimes dead-center is most effective, sometimes off-center is better.
Yet another way to simplify your compositions is to use just a touch of color.
Although lighting and composition are perhaps the most important aspects of
photography, color can play a very important role in some images. Learning to
emphasize color is largely a matter of training your eye to recognize situations
in which color stands out—whether it’s selecting one color to predominate
a scene, or by choosing particular colors and minimizing others.
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