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After Crop**
Judy Rhodes from Scottsboro, Alabama submitted this photo she took of a lizard on the front of her car. She shot it with a Canon 40D with an exposure of 1/400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100. I think this is a case where the photo could be greatly improved by cropping. You almost never want to place your subject in the center of the photograph. It's best to use the rule of thirds and either position the main subject more to the left or right and top or bottom. The exposure could use a little tweaking as well. Overall it needs more contrast. I suggestion changing the levels in Photoshop or other programs and moving the slider to add more shadows and highlights. In addition to changing the levels, I suggest adding some contrast as well to make the lizard pop. I like the sharpness of the lizard's eye and the reflection is also interesting. It's really easy to take a photo like this and give it a quick makeover with just a few improvements.

__—Linzee Karasik
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This photo gets two and a half stars 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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