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Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous by Brian Smith

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Chapter 8. Less Is More

Clearing out all the crap and distractions from a photo is often more important than the elements you put in. Remove all of the visual distractions that draw your eye away from the essence of the image. Clear the clutter. Eliminate the extraneous. Keep It Simple, Stupid!

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ANDRE BALAZSPhotographed in Miami Beach for Ocean Drive

As a magazine photographer, you quickly get used to shooting things before they’re done. Stories are often tied to a release or opening, which means that where you shoot might contain lots of dust and unfinished work. To get a decent shot, you need to focus on what looks good at the time.

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