A Photo Note – Photographing Sharp Items

The photo above with the knife and spoon covered with clay worked out pretty well.  When I draw the classic composition lines of thirds, you can see that the focal points hit squarely on the intersections of the lines, just the way they should.  HOWEVER, there is one other thing I want to point out to you – that’s exactly it – points.  Whenever you are photographing anything that is, or appears to be, sharp, you need to be careful with placement. You don’t want the item to visually feel like it can slip and cut the viewer or, as in the case of the inverted photo on the right, downright stab them!  Do you feel a difference when you look at the inverted photo where the silverware is coming directly at you?

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