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Before AfterPhoto Submitted by Leanna MongrainWhy, oh why, was the flash turned on here?

Before After
Photo Submitted by Leanna Mongrain
Why, oh why, was the flash turned on here? All it did was totally blow out the already distracting organic element in the top right of the frame (which means you shot this vertical with the shutton button down—you'll be steadier if you support the lens barrel from beneath, with the shutter button above your eye, by the way.) But there was no reason to use flash, based on the non-blown leaves on the left of the frame! But between the distracting strobe-obliterated reeds, the bald sky, and the centered composition, we're looking at an overall weak composition.

Fortunately, the file sent is big enough to play with and crop in to improve the framing. We're going to get rid of most of the bald sky and all of the blown reeds, which has the nice effect of moving the cascade slightly off-center. Next, let's boost overall saturation (Image>Adjust>Hue/Saturation) to +20 to pull the eyes in to the organic elements and away from the bald sky. Now the cascade is nicely framed, and the distracting elements are eliminated.
_—Jack Howard
Online Technology Editor
This photo gets one star on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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