What Story Are You Wanting To Tell?
There are many reasons to take a particular picture. You can be just taking a recording of a moment or you may be trying to capture the emotion of the moment. Is it a picture you want to give to someone else because you know they will want to keep that moment in their mind forever?
Is it a picture that you will add to other shots so you have a complete recording of a particular event?
The reason why this question is so important is because it will effect the picture in ways of how you frame it, the exposure, and many other factors. If you are trying to capture a particular emotion, the focal point will be the face of your subject and you may want to blur out the background slightly to give it that special effect.
If it is an event, like a nice day trip you may want to make sure that you have something commemorating the event like the photos of the superb lunch I had in Cambria, California.
An example would be that if you wanted to take a picture to document a memorable lunch at a quaint restaurant. You will want to make sure you have a nice detail photo (like the shot of the roast beef sandwich paired with the glass of red wine) as well as a portrait of the owner to personalize the experience for the viewer.
Always stop before taking the shot and think about what you are trying to tell so you will always capture that perfect picture.
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