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I don't have any magic formula to remove distracting elements, but what distracts me most in the first picture you show is not that there are people and cars, but the fact that people and cars are crossing the border of the picture. If you can't remove these element from your picture, try to actually incorporate them in your composition. OK, you can't make ...


The most important factor in capturing a great cityscape, is to familiarise yourself with the subject. When does the sun create shadows that darken people, cars, lamp posts and unwanted items and highlight your main subject? From where does the sun rise and set? and at what times? What effect does this have on your image? When do the roads become ...


Compose early. You tend to get better light and less people early in the morning. I also keep a tripod and wireless remote with me. When there are a lot of people I will throw my camera on my full extended tripod, bring all of the legs together and then hold the camera a lot higher in the air by holding the lower part of the legs. Sometimes the extra 6' I ...


You might find it inspiring to visit museums or galleries with others. I stress "with others" because you should take their opinions and observations into account. What better way to get out of your own mold than to examine someone else's? It may be easier for your girlfriend to show you what she sees on a 2D projection than in 3D space. It may also help to ...


This is gonna sound funny, but sometimes I squint really hard at a scene, to the point where the resolving power of my brain gives up and I just see the basic, fuzzy, light and dark shapes... helps a little. Sometimes I'll also do this when trying to crop a picture I've already taken into something a little less compositionally lousy. I suspect the ritual of ...


The book you're probably looking for is Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which has a number of exercises in it to break from seeing things as "things" or symbols of the thing, and getting to what it actually looks like as a specific shape of a 2d projection by kicking into "right brain" mode. Drawing negative space, drawing in ...


I think you are pushing you soo much to have "context" on your photos. I have read your other posts and try to coment on them too, but I will focus on this image. The crop It is obvious that you already made a "crop", becouse the image has not the 3x2 proportion. So you already made 2 framing decisions, first when taking the shoot, and the second the crop. ...

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