Not check­ing the Edges of the frame

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When you’re fo­cused on get­ting a shot and mak­ing sure the sub­ject looks its best, it’s easy to miss dis­tract­ing el­e­ments at the edges of your frame. You can, of course, spend time in post-pro­duc­tion crop­ping a shot or cloning out un­wanted fea­tures that were missed when you framed the shot in the viewfinder, but to make the best use of your time and the full po­ten­tial of the cam­era’s sen­sor (and get into the habit of tak­ing the pho­to­graph you want and not re­ly­ing on edit­ing), it pays to get it right when you take the pic­ture.

That’s eas­ier said than done, es­pe­cially when you fac­tor in the fact that not all Nikon’s viewfind­ers pro­vide 100% cov­er­age. This ex­plains why you may be sur­prised to see branches, leaves or street lamps creep­ing into your care­fully com­posed shots when you play them back on the rear screen (above). So, be­fore you press the shut­ter re­lease but­ton, run your eye quickly around the edge of the screen to check for pos­si­ble dis­trac­tions – zoom­ing the lens out slightly be­fore re­com­pos­ing your pic­ture can help to pick out those things that may be hid­den at the time of shoot­ing. Al­ter­na­tively, switch to Live View mode, as this al­ways shows the com­plete pic­ture, with 100% cov­er­age on all cam­eras.

It’s easy to miss dis­trac­tions at the edge of the frame when you’re shoot­ing in the dark. If you’re plan­ning a night shoot, zoom in on a test shot and check the edges of the frame

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