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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Photos

(Please, ignore the fact that my Before photo isn't really in focus. It was getting dark. Thanks!)

Sometimes the little things can make a big difference. For example, this leaf. I spied it on a street in Berkeley, one lone yellow leaf among lots of red leaves. Reflexively, I took a picture.

But my yellow leaf was getting lost among the clutter. So I sat down, on the street (fortunately no one else was really around to wonder why, but if they'd been there, I would probably have done the same thing) and pushed all the red leaves out of the frame. A little extra contrast to darken the background, and a bump up in saturation in Lightroom, and my yellow leaf kind of pops.

So next time you're taking a picture, try to get rid of the clutter. Either frame so you can't see it, or actually get in there and move it out of the way. I promise, it makes a world of difference.


  1. At first I thought this was a post about how to remove clutter using LightRoom then I read it fully and realized you physically removed the clutter -- brilliant idea :). I looked briefly through some of your other daily photos and they're quite good. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Thanks, Just A Guy! Much easier to remove clutter before you take the picture than after, and I'm speaking from experience here.

    It's definitely not a groundbreaking idea, but sometimes with all our fancy programs we forget about it.


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