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July 06, 2006


Stella Chang

Oh please, you've seen many galleries of my poor phototaking skills. That's what cropping is for! Although I'm afraid to get my current roll developed. I think there are pictures of me telling Screech the Mascot to "blow it out his [expletive deleted]."


I took a photo class in college, and the most helpful thing I learned was to get up as close as you can to your subject. I can't tell you how many times I've seen tourists here in New York taking pictures of each other so that they'll end up a quarter of an inch tall in the finished photo. I'm sure they're probably centered too.


I feel like shooting off-center is one of those really basic tips you can then go straight back to ignoring if you're so inclined. Center your subjects if it goes with the mood of the photo! Psssh, I say!

I like low f-numbers for most everything because I'm basic like that, and it gives that great background blur and makes it look arty without much effort.

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