Be careful with your edges
posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:39 AM EST
I once heard a great photographer described as having the “best edges in the business.” Photography teachers don’t mention edges much—it’s hard enough to get amateur photographers to concentrate on what’s happening in the center of the frame, much less in the hinterlands. But when you’ve created beautiful edges, you’ve protected and reinforced what’s happening in the middle— it’s a complete package.
Great edges hold things up—they’re a foundation. They’re defending the things you love so you have no choice. If you let the edges fall apart you have presented your viewer with distractions. Too many distractions, if I failed to mention it, and you have a photographic train wreck on your hands.
Here’s my in-or-out-in-or-out rule: MAKE UP YOUR MIND. BE DECISIVE. There’s no such thing as good photographic wishy-washiness.
Something that makes the viewer wonder if the photographer couldn’t make up his or her mind whether or not it should be in the photograph probably shouldn’t be in the picture.