One of the first posts I wrote when I started this blog (way back when) was on one of if not the most important tools my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet takes with them…my “Fifteen Point Protection Plan”.
This “15PPP” as I refer to it is designed to help photographers look for things they don’t want in their composition, and to put it things they should include. From that time to the present I’ve find myself expanding on this topic since it just wasn’t enough help. Now besides my protection plan, I’ve been including two additional ways to protect yourself from what I call unwanted UFO’s. I tell my fellow photographers to not only run through the fifteen points, but to also check the four corners and what I describe as the “Border Patrol”.
What I mean is to run your eyes along the edges of your frame; the edges that border your photo. Run them along one side, then the next, then the next, until you’re back to where you started. Doing this, along with the four corners and your Fifteen Point Protection Plan will keep you from discovering these annoying elements before you click the shutter and not in front of your computer screen…that is if you’re lucky enough to see it even then.
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