Filling The Frame In Your Photos Isn't Always Wise

Photography 101 advice often suggests making sure your subject fills the whole frame. But with high-resolution cameras, that isn’t always the most sensible approach.

Keeping context in place is another useful snippet of advice from wildlife photographer Andy Rouse at the recent Focus on Imaging event in the UK.

If you make that decision to zoom in, you can’t make the decision later on to go wider. Shoot wide and then crop if you need to. A lot of us want to take frame fillers, but it’s nice for people to see the whole image.

For the same reason — editing is easy — Rouse also says he doesn’t stress about camera positioning:

I don’t worry about straight horizons when I shoot; I just worry about the image.

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