Im­prove your com­po­si­tions

Ge­orge Cairns demon­strates how to cor­rect mis­takes and re­com­pose a photo in Nikon Cap­ture NX-D

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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.


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