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Written by Brian Grover   
Sunday, 08 November 2009 13:50
Assignment Number Fifteen
Perhaps out of timidity, budding photographers never move in close enough. Often only a part of the subject is needed to express it fully. Indeed, a thoughtfully cropped subject can have greater impact than the full monty. The use of close in-camera cropping can add dynamism to many compositions.

Your assignment then is to choose a subject -- your cat, your friend, a pumpkin, whatever -- and explore it fully, photographing the whole and moving in to selectively crop out unneeded detail. Experiment with fresh new angles and a variety of different light directions.

Learning to critically evaluate your own work is an essential skill as a photographer.

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Careful cropping of this private herd of zebra in California reveals an optical illusion, making it difficult to determine where one zebra begins and another leaves off.

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A fairly cliché treatment of a paper umbrella in Kyoto Japan makes for a graphic composition in spite of itself.

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Thoughtful cropping of this spectator and pal following the Vancouver Pride Parade yields a dynamic image.

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A dragon mask at the New Year's festival in Vancouver's Chinatown takes on formidable impact as a consequence of close cropping.

All photographs were taken by Brian Grover. To browse more images visit my photo gallery here: Brian Grover Photography.


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