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In composition, the most fundamental decision of the photographer is how to frame the image, which is simply deciding how the scene will sit in the viewfinder. In many cases a photographer will aim to frame the scene perfectly in camera. However, one might decide to frame wider in order to:
- allow space for subsequent cropping to change the shape of the frame to one more suited to the subject
- allow space for use by a layout artist when Desktop publishing
- allow space to ensure a good capture when the subject is moving rapidly or erratically
- allow space for subsequent editing decisions
The shape of the final frame has a substantial impact on the composition.
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