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AskJoeB: Does it Work?

Does it work?

Does it work?

Daniel sent this photo to me for a quick critique. I always like to quote the photographer since so many people out there have experienced the same thing or have had similar thoughts and ideas. Here’s what Daniel had to say:

“Hey Joe!
Would like you’re thoughts on this. I tried to tie everything with the word sneakers. Does it work?”

One of the areas that I always talk about in my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops is making sure the horizon line is always straight, as well as trying to keep buildings from falling over. There’s four ways to keep this from happening: If you tilt your camera to the right and left, you’ll keep the horizon line straight. If you tilt your camera straight down and up you’ll keep the vertical lines close to the edge of your frame from falling backwards and to the right or left.

To me, this practice should be observed even when you’re put and about street shooting, and a building is part of your message your sending to the viewer.

Here’s a video to look at:


Good catch Daniel, thanks for sharing it. Btw, I like where you put the man. The viewer won’t see him right away and that’s a very good thing!!!

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2015 workshop schedule at the top of this blog, as it evolves. I have two places in my photo trip to Myanmar with Epic Photo Tours, next February 4th, and I still have spots for my “Springtime in Portugal” next May 20th. Two fabulous places filled with history and photo opportunities.

Keep those photos and questions coming in to: AskJoeB@gmail.com and I’ll send you a video critique.


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    • Deb Peterson November 5, 2014, 7:12 am

      Speaking of keeping the viewer engaged….. After looking at this photo awhile I noticed that the man smoking lacked one sock. Indeed he lacks one LEG! What a message, his smoking and his prosthesis!
      Great work Daniel

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