Improve your compositions
George Cairns demonstrates how to correct mistakes and recompose a photo in Nikon Capture NX-D
While shooting on location we may not always have time to consider our composition as carefully as we might like – especially if we’re shooting a series of handheld holiday snaps while the family want to move on to the next ice cream stall! This hit-and-run approach can result in errors and imperfections when it comes to our photos’ compositions.
Take the start image in our walkthrough as an example. The horizon is slightly off-kilter, and while the girl looked like she was positioned in the middle of the frame when viewed through our Nikon’s viewfinder, in the photo she’s located a little to the left, causing the shot to look unbalanced. The subject is also a little lost in the frame’s expansive viewpoint. To add insult to injury, there’s also a nasty sensor spot clearly visible in the sky.
Thanks to Capture NX-D’s toolset we can recompose a disappointing shot to overcome common problems like the ones listed above. In our walkthrough, below, we’ll straighten the wonky horizon and reposition the girl in the centre to create a more balanced composition. We can also zoom in on the girl to make her more prominent in the frame, and even clobber the sensor spot as a byproduct of our crop.