More Tests & Second Lines

Blow, blow, blow…

Second Lines and Experiments

I’m reminding myself that many pictures could use a crop or two. I typically try to fill the frame with the subject that I want within the borders of the picture.

That’s not always easy.

If you photograph sports the subject is moving, and the photographer is stationary. If you photograph something like second lines both the subject and the photographer is moving. It’s likely that the subject is moving toward the photographer and the photographer is walking backwards, or back stepping. Photographers are the third line.

Sometimes photographers luck takes place and your picture fits nicely in the frame. Mostly that doesn’t happen. There is extraneous information usually found at the edges of the picture.

Crop the picture to the heart of it, to the subject, not only cleaning it up, but making it more dramatic.

Try it.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

3 thoughts on “More Tests & Second Lines

  1. I was trained to ‘fill the frame’ as well, but shooting digital, where you can shoot dozens if not hundreds of shots at an event, I think it’s almost mandatory that cropping is needed to get a quality photo. I really like the crop you made on the “Blow, blow, blow…” shot.


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