24 How to Deal with the Center of an Image

Most beginners place the center of interest of their photos in the middle without giving it much thought. When is center placement a good idea and when is it not?

Camera technique—especially with easy, self-focusing cameras, which adjust sharpness in the center—makes it easy for you to place subjects in the center of the image. Most of the resulting photos, however, lack sufficient tension. Therefore, it is an especially good idea for beginners to consciously force themselves to place the subject off center and to structure their image so that it is focused on two main points of interest (the next chapter will show you how to do it).

However, under certain exceptional circumstances, it might be a good ...

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