STOCKOPP.COM LLC: Blog en-us (C) David Oppenheim / LLC [email protected] (STOCKOPP.COM LLC) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT STOCKOPP.COM LLC: Blog 103 120 Digital vs. Film - Not so Fast For those who have followed this blog for a while, you have noticed that a large part of my inventory on this  website is in the black and white genre. I especially showcase this 1970's direction with  a new "resurrection" of images that flow from my scanner to this website on a somewhat monthly basis. These new arrivals  flow "from the land of the dead" ( not being scanned ) to the "land of the living" (vibrant black , white and rich grey  black and white images that now have a new life of their own). Young and Old Together 1970'sYoung and Old Together 1970's So what is the thing that saves these images? Is it the scanner? Or is it the images themselves that almost "yell out" to be scanned like a distant but persistent " creative, different drummer'"?

Are my 1970's images digital or analog (film)? Well  they were shot on mostly a Nikon F with Tri-X film and developed personally by me. That makes them not digital? Right? Not so Fast. They are shot as film but basically "printed" as a digitally scanned image. So the film/digital argument breaks down here.

Are my 1970's photos personal? (in the way I photographed people) or are they "historical" ( a collection of images done in real time) ? Lets take a look at another photo of mine.

Friends 1970'sFriends 1970's

Is this just a photo of student friends of mine or is it more -  a snapshot of a time and place in history?  Is it their own personalities that I captured or have I captured maybe just a little bit of their "souls" in the photo? If the questions sound ambiguous, they are not. Confusion and ambiguity can spur us on to finding a "meaning"  contained in these archived photos. "What does it mean to be young?" , "What does it mean to be old ?" , "What can young and older people learn about themselves from each other?" A dialogue begins from a photograph. What will be the conversation?







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How the Past "talks" to us.  



When you look at a photograph taken deep in your past , you have your memory of yourself in a certain situation. Then you have a record of your reaction to that situation. But what about a photo taken by you in the street, with or without the knowledge of your photographic subject?


So what do "street photographs" say about their subjects; their subjects in real time, and human reactions to the subjects themselves? Lets explore this for a while.


Let's take a look at a series of photos I photographed in the 70's. They can be seen in the "But Series-ously" Gallery on


So just what did we experience by "observing" what was going on, or what are the subjects telling us about this series of photographs? What are we "listening" to while they "talk"  to us about the situation they are in , in the photographs?


Are they aware of being photographed? How do we know or don't know this? Do they realize it is holiday time? How does the timing on the calendar affect the reactions of these people in these photos?


All this discussion is to acclimate us to the wonderful feedback we can get to our and others' pasts by exploring photos taken which capture certain situations which encapsulate certain conflicts or noninvolvement in the the world of the present. This helps us open our eyes to the present through the prism of the past .


You can continue "following the past" as seen on this blog  or in the Galleries at  especially under " The Seventies Archive "  on this website .


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Why the 1970's are Still Very Important When I founded LLC , my primary objective was to provide "a home" for the thousands of photographs I had shot around 1970. While I had access to a darkroom and chemicals in the 1970's, I was able to print a small selection of the fabulous negatives I had shot on my Nikon F camera.

Thanks to a scanner and Black and White software on my computer, I have over the past years been able to "resurrect" many images which otherwise would have been unseen by myself and the viewing public for  over 40 years.

Many of my Black and White photographs have been published either here or in printed publications, but now I am on a schedule to scan and upload as many of my "un-resurrected" photographs as posssible (and put them in "The Seventies Archive"on ) . As I mentioned in two previous articles about my photographs in Gothamist , these "newly printed" photographs tend to have a different photographic style than , let's say the photos in my "Classic OPP" gallery here on



This photo is from "The Seventies Archive" gallery here at . The following photo is from my "Classic OPP"  gallery on




As you can see, the later photo is quite stylized and dynamic within the frame. This is my photograph that appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1972 ( personally chosen by then photo editor Annie Leibovitz  ). It is composed in a slanting triangular way to emphasize the black dress and white shoes of the model in the photo.

So ultimately what is the value of resurrecting the photographic past? For young people, it is a  periscope into a period they literally did not live in. For older people it is a time to rethink their individual pasts in term of my photos (and what it shows them).

Luckily, photography redeems all our pasts by showing us clearly what was , presents it in the present tense, and refires our imaginations.


Street Crossing 1971Street Crossing 1971


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Photographs Printed on Unusual Surfaces In my last blog we talked about joining organizations or groups concerned with photography.  Now , we will talk about the types

of photography that can be used at the same or later time to sell unsold photos online after the groups shows or exhibits have

ended  ( BWAC in my case- see previous blog ) .

For many of my Instagram photos, metal is the perfect medium for bringing out the bright colors I usually have ( in a

square format) in my photos . However in my most recent exhibit at BWAC I also printed some  black and white images on

metal and was pleasantly surprised that black and white photos held their images excellently. On the back of the metal , a

wooden frame is affixed to the back of the metal to allow it to be hung on walls for exhibit (see below) :
































































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Joining a Photo Group One of the best things you can do to promote your photography and to increase your sales is to join a photo group. This can be a national or local group and it can be found  both on the internet and off the internet.

I recently was in a show at an organization called Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, where I am a member. There are photographers, sculptors, and performance artists that exhibit their work and they try to sell their work at the  seasonal art shows. My middle photograph (shown below)  was sold at the show. The shows are great places to gather with other artists  and art buyers and to "talk the arts" to them.


Photos can be grouped for exhibit by themes or not.


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The Purpose of Travel Photography What is the purpose of Travel Photography? To record your visit to a fascinating, new, exotic or historical place?


I say it's more. Much more. 

Aruba SunsetAruba Sunset

One purpose of traveling is to "discover yourself . "  What does this mean, anyway?

For instance, what did I learn or discover about myself when I photographed this scene?  Well, I discovered that I needed to look out into the world (and the sea) to find some serenity ( and I did! ).


And what of the following scene?

Aruba BoatsAruba Boats


What I was looking for in this photo of mine was the shimmering silver waters which "took me to another place" (not my home, but Aruba ).  

Sometimes , a travel photo is not about travel at all. This photo was taken as I arrived on the floor where my room was located. The corridor revealed an orderly placement of homes , in a kind of "triptych" created by the steel window frames of the hotel. Yet it qualifies as a travel photo because the homes are so exotic-looking (to me) .

Aruba ViewAruba View


Finally , a travel photograph can just be plain "thought-provoking".

Aruba FlowerAruba Flower


Or just plain beautiful.

Leaf, ArubaLeaf, Aruba For more of David Oppenheim's travel photos on ( prints are on sale in the various website Galleries)

click on one or more of the following:

Amsterdam  , Food in Holland ,The Hague, Netherlands , and Cologne, Germany


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Photography and Realism Photography has been paired with the notion that it captures "reality". In fact , photographs are considered evidence of an event happening in a court of law. But does that limit the viewer's perception of that photo to "what really happened" or "what literally happened" in a moment in time?

I say no. And I'd like to prove my point by using a few of my photographs that are available on this website. Take this photograph for example:




It doesn't look like a photograph at all ! To me it looks like a pen and color ink drawing. Does that make this photo not a photograph?


Or how about this photograph:


Lower East Side,  NYCLower East Side, NYC


Since when did I get the Superhero-like ability to melt concrete into crystalline musical note forms with my bare hands ( I wish )? But I can do it with some creativity and Photoshop.


Finally, on a sadder note, this photo , relating to the tragedy of 9/11 , carries within itself an emotional message.


Greenwich Village Facing SouthGreenwich Village Facing South



So  what is the value of all this "non-literal" , "painterly-type" of photography ?


By being somewhat "poetic and non-literal" the photographs take on a "metaphorical" value. And the message that a metaphor carries is one of depth of thought and sometimes (especially with the "9/11 related photo") it is one of carrying some kind of emotion or emotional insight about our human condition for us to think about.


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Instagram Surging How are the photographs for my Instagram page @stockoppphoto different than my photographs? Well, first of all , whether I shoot through the viewfinder of the

camera I use - a Canon, a Sony, or an iPhone - I shoot in a totally different way for my photos

that appear on my Instagram  page.


Here's my Instagram page:







Notice that the framing of the photographs are more stylized than perhaps some other

photographs  of mine that you have seen on .


I do this on purpose. But why ? , you say.  Well, because I don't believe a photographer has just

one style that he photographs in. I shoot most of my Instagram photos on my iPhone because

it's convenient, small, and available.


But like any viewfinder on any camera, it both constrains your style and it, in a sense, forms your

style. However, I do occasionally use my Sony and Canon and put the results on my Instagram

page too.


I also find "the conversations using pictures" style of Instagram is conducive to my style of

photography. Sometimes a picture may be slightly unsharp, blurry, and not that colorful, but

Instagrammers tend to be forgiving.


At the present time, some of my  photos that have appeared on my Instagram site are on sale

(Prints and Licenses) on this website  ( ) such as this one (one of my personal



View Thru the Subway Window  BrooklynView Thru the Subway Window Brooklyn



I plan to offer more of my photos that appear on Instagram  for sale on this site

in the future , but I hope you will, in the meantime , visit me at @stockoppphoto on Instagram .


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Amsterdam, Oh Amsterdam! How do I describe Amsterdam in one word or phrase? I can’t  . It's  a  phantasmagoria of things and places.


The red light district, the centrum , or the  older inner city, the wooden shoes and tulips. The canals. The food.


I had been to Amsterdam and Holland before. I had stayed there 43 years ago as an art student on summer vacation


(see my Blog “The Story Behind the Photo”  ) .


Now, I was older and more aware of the history of Holland and Amsterdam . And Amsterdam was much more than


those cute houses :


Houses in AmsterdamHouses in Amsterdam


I was lucky enough to see SAIL Amsterdam 2015 when I was there and to see the Tall Ships:


SAIL Amsterdam Ship 1SAIL Amsterdam Ship 1


But Amsterdam is not just big surprises and cute abodes, it's also the everyday transformed into the extraordinary like a dog being walked where strangers meet and talk:


Walking the Dog in AmsterdamWalking the Dog in Amsterdam


It's about the visual absurdity of Juxtaposition:


Amsterdam - Large  Model, Small BikersAmsterdam - Large Model, Small Bikers


It's about the wonderful food:


Brunch- AmsterdamBrunch- Amsterdam


The sightseeing:


Just Rolling AlongJust Rolling Along



And the flowers. Oh, the flowers:


Flowers 5Flowers 5


See more of my photographic travelogue in Amsterdam, the Hague, and Cologne on this website and click the Galleries:


Amsterdam  , Food in Holland ,The Hague, Netherlands , and Cologne, Germany .


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Concrete Brooklyn  

Living in Brooklyn is like living in an amusement park. It is full of thrills and chills, but 
you kind of have to be choosy, because whether you like or not, it’s a big borough. So 
much has been made of the idea that Brooklyn is a borough of families and churches and 
neighborhoods. All that is quite true – but it’s also part of the City of New York- and 
New York, baby, is made up of a lot of stone and concrete. So in a way, the true spirit 
and life of Brooklyn is made up of living—on and in— spite of the concrete that 
surrounds you.
I’m not a born Brooklynite, but the borough pretty much has adopted me. It’s been a love 
affair, actually started by a love affair with my then girlfriend and now wife, Joan. When 
I attended NYU in the 1970’s, I met her—a Brooklyn girl—with flaming red hair down 
to her hips, and a fiery Italian and Irish temperament. I moved to Brooklyn to be near her, 
and married her a few years later. We’ve now have been living in Park Slope for over 30
My photography was published when I was 17 and 21, so it’s not surprising that I carry 
cameras practically soldered to my hips. I always carry a camera.
In the next few pages, I will take you for a journey along Brooklyn, and specifically its 
“seas of concrete” brownstones and cityscapes.
Fantasia at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens ca 1990Fantasia at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens ca 1990

What a better place to start than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This shot is not a double exposure. It was shot from the Greenhouse to outside where the bird was perched. The spherical shape of the windows glass created the raggedness of the image. I like its Pre- Raphaelite-like look and its surreal qualities.


Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn ca. 1990 with WTC viewGrand Army Plaza Brooklyn ca. 1990 with WTC view

Not too far away is Grand Army Plaza. No, it is not an imitation of Washington Square arch. It’s dedicated to Civil War Veterans. If you look closely toward the center (at the bottom) of the photo you can see the World Trade Center. Yes, it’s sad, and I feel it too.

Construction BrooklynConstruction Brooklyn

One of my favorite shots in this photo-tour of Brooklyn is this one. It is taken through the newly constructed (at the time) Berkeley Carroll School building on Lincoln Place in the early 90’s. I love it because again it goes through the window out to the concrete city in the background. Also, it expresses “people working hard to make Brooklyn grow.”


Pretty WindowsPretty Windows


This building (probably in Montgomery Place) intrigued me for many reasons—the “squaring off” of the windows. The “boxiness” of the entire building. Park Slope apartments have cylindrical shapes and rounded shapes. This building seems way out of place. The pinkish hue of the bricks in contrast with the blue in the windows complements the green of the growing plants


Parking Condo and McFeelys late'80's Park SlopeParking Condo and McFeelys late'80's Park Slope


Oh McFeely’s! Oh, the great old days in Park Slope when McFeely’s was open. Those hamburgers! Those great bartenders! Oh, the camaraderie! Oh the Jack and Cokes! Great crowds were there and it was a true Park Slope watering hole. Right next to it was Park Slope’s first condo for cars garage.


Kids Bouncing Basketball (ca.1990)Kids Bouncing Basketball (ca.1990)


Concrete isn’t all that bad (as I’ve tried to show!) It’s good for making art on the sidewalk. It’s good for walking. But most of all it’s good for bouncing basketballs on! My son, on the left, and my nephew, are on the right. This photograph was taken at least 20 years ago on 1st Street in Park Slope.



Park Slope late '80'sPark Slope late '80's


As we leave the concrete laden streets of Brooklyn, let’s take a sentimental drive in our late 80’s car right near 8th Ave and & 7th Street in Park Slope, as the postman delivers today’s mail.

I’ve enjoyed the tour and hope to be back with more historical photographs sometime in the future.


You can catch more of David’s photography  @stockoppphoto on Instagram and Park Slope Stoop and Gothamist.

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Pathway to the Past Recently, I had the good fortune of having  the website Gothamist publish my work entitled  "Photos of the 1970's NYC, From Antiwar Marches to Times Square". 

You can follow this link to see them :

 The Gothamist article's popularity got me thinking about the past and how precious it is to have a connection, albeit a digital one, with objects, people, buildings, social situations - that don't exist anymore. But people, including myself, need to see these images, relive some of the memories of the times they were taken in, and move on with confidence into the future.

Here is a preview of a part of my historical collection which I will present on various blogs soon.

Hope you enjoy seeing them!


Union Square Manhattan ca. 1990Union Square Manhattan ca. 1990



Concorde - NYC Airport ca.1990Concorde - NYC Airport ca.1990




Park Slope St. Patrick's Day ca.1990Park Slope St. Patrick's Day ca.1990

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What we are - and what we do  

By now, if you have been a reader of my blog, you realize that my photographs are not "your usual" library of stock photography images. They are not "perfectly designed" or "setup" . They are not that type of stock photography. What Stockopp represents is a photographic "experience".

Monterey Aquarium, JellyfishMonterey Aquarium, Jellyfish


The "nature" (no pun intended) of this website is to always be adding and changing. Stockopp is like nature - it constantly adds more variety and therefore keeps on growing . However , grow too big , and you become less "vital". We are a small photo stock agency full of dynamic lifelike images.


Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA


To see another of  Stockopp's unique library of photo images go to this link: .We call the gallery  "Take Stock in History ". This is our "newest" gallery and represents an ongoing process of adding historical photo images on sometimes a daily or weekly basis.


Woman at Be-in Late 60'sWoman at Be-in Late 60's


Come back often to this blog for more news on Stockopp and it's ever-growing photo library.

Stockopp can be reached at [email protected] or  347 - 450 - 6771 .




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Moments in Time in the Movie of Life  

What does a photograph capture ? Time? A vision ? Is a photograph simply just a single frame in the "Movie

of Life" ? Is a photograph a physical thing?  Is it a solid or liquid ? Is it visual poetry? Does it exist by itself in the physical world?

Let's explore this using the photographs themselves.

Duck's in a London ParkDuck's in a London Park



Did I just capture this moment, or were these birds in some kind of order ? Were they (as a group of organized birds) trying to send us humans a message (like "Get out of our way buddy, we're coming through" ) ?

Or did I just manipulate the physical world by capturing this "moment in time" ? Good question.


Pacific Grove,CaliforniaPacific Grove,California

What have I captured here? The exact moment of the sunset or the "color" or atmosphere of a sunset ?





Did I place that woman in front of the "Marilyn"  she's looking at ? Or am I using a tricky form of juxtaposition ?



'walking in the rain"'walking in the rain"

Have I "captured time in a bottle" like the Jim Croce song says ? Or have I captured an image forever fixed in a puddle?


Finally , where is this train going in this photo ? Is it coming or going ?  Or is it at its final stop for the day?


British TrainBritish Train

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What is Style ? Having to write a blog on style has been one of the hardest things I've had to do so far on this website, for many reasons. For one thing, can anybody really define what style is?  Is it a fashion?  Or is fashion often what is stylish (if only for a moment)?

Does the following photograph reveal a certain style (and what exactly is this style trying to tell us) ? Lower East Side,  NYCLower East Side, NYC


The other day I was lucky enough to see a show at the Whitney Museum which included many  Edward Hopper sketches and paintings. One placard  describing his art had a quote where Hopper says " I am always looking for me in my paintings " and that he "used the outer world to portray his inner life." That's a good approximation of how style determines form and vice versa. My style is who I am.

However, does that mean I have only one style that runs through my photography? Is the following photo somehow stylistically the same (or diametrically different)  from the photo above ?




Is style an imbeded message that is similar in different pictures, or again is style a passing thing like a "phase" in adolescence? I'm not sure I know the answer to that question.

I will pose the following:


Readers of this blog, contact me at   [email protected] with the answer to this question:


Describe the similarity in the styles of the following two photos:






(to be continued - probably in YouTube  Video #2)

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"Because I Have to..."  




I think someone once asked me why I had  to do photography so much, and I always would  reply "… because something in me needs to go out in the world and capture it inside my camera and make some artistic  sense of what can be a confusing, chaotic, and frankly a scary world." And I do have to admit that, at times, my camera was kind of a an adult pacifier, kind of calming me down when things got a little crazy in my life. A photo critic of mine once said I would "freak myself out" just so I could subconsciously manipulate the images I saw in the world. He said I was some sort of Freudian “projector of my subconscious” and  I  was part of a group of artistic creators who "saw the world upside down."


I do admit, I don’t see  the world like most other people do, and at times it can get scary. But the flip side is that I get to see and record creatively what other people miss.


I really don’t like the idea of a "mission statement for my photography," but perhaps it is this (and other people may find some photo wisdom in it) :  I do photography because I have to…because there is a drive in me that makes me curious about the visual world we live in. I do not go out into the world to make “beautiful images".  I believe like Shakespeare that “beauty is truth, and truth beauty”. I hope that the beauty that people see in my photographs comes from the truth that the photos express about the  complex and conflicted world we live in, and like the glass in a lens of the camera that takes the photograph, it has many beautiful facets that illuminate the images they capture.


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Italy, 1972

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A Passion for Photography Second in a Series

The Story Behind the Photo 


This is one one of my earliest  developed and printed  pictures. It was taken in my teens around the same time I was published in a one page color spread in Popular Photography Magazine . I was in Central Park in NYC and saw a group of people  congregating in a grassy area in the center of what I believe was called  "the sheep meadow". There was a rocky area and on top of the rock was this woman holding what looked like a combination of wheat and/or feathers in a bundle.

Peace Rally Central Park 1967



This was the Vietnam War Era and lots of social and cultural changes were happening. This event used to be called "Be-Ins" - where you were celebrating being yourself . No big deal nowadays. Back in the days of conformity, being yourself  WAS a big deal.

This picture has become very iconic for me (and it has also become iconic for my generation)  because of some classic symbolism contained in the picture. The bundle she holds aloft is both a beacon of peace and a beacon to join in the celebration. The woman represents freedom and its tie to beauty. She is both a true individual and a representation of a peaceful concept.

Personally, this photo captures a part of my youth and identifies in a moment what I was looking for in my youth. In fact, when my black and white photographs were published  along with a four page article by photo critic Ralph M. Hattersley , he called the article "Youth Leads the Way".

I was led to take the photo by being "present in the moment". I became part of the picture by being a person at the Be-in . The result is a recording of a special moment in an eternity of moments that will live past my lifetime in the image itself.



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The Story Behind The Photo  

The Start of a  Series



“Every picture tells a story” as the saying goes , but there’s also a story behind the photo.

Many of photos on this website (especially the black and white ones) were generated from journeys in my life where I was searching for answers to many of life’s questions .

This photo is one of my personal favorites .  I took it on a very important trip to Europe where I photographed many large cities, travelled in trains at will, and got to see a wide swath of Europe.

Holland While travelling from Amsterdam to the Dutch countryside, at the extreme of Holland, I saw the famous dikes that keep the North Sea from engulfing the entire country. As if by magic, a man was looking on the top of the dike out to sea.

A lamb or a sheep was facing the man who was at the other end of the dike. Suddenly a man on a motor bike appeared . When this occurred I was there to capture it all . Henri  Cartier-Bresson  used this technique . It was called the decisive moment. I call it “what I was looking for.”

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Framing and Displaying Photographs Well  


You've  bought one of's  photographs and you want to

display it so that you and your guests can enjoy it in the room you've

decided to hang the photograph in. What kind of frame is the best ?

I like simple black wooden frames . Some people like silver . 

What type of frame do you like?   Borderless ?   Go with it!

I like matting to create white space around the photograph.

Some people don't ! You bought the picture to display .

You decide how to show it!

I have included a photo of three of my own personal
"Stockopp's"  as they are displayed in my apartment.
I hope this helps you to get started thinking about the best
way to display beautiful photographic art.
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Up Close or At a Distance ? Childhood On the Ferry What's the best way to compose a photograph while you  are actually taking it?

Is it to stand up real close , right in front of a subject  (and possibly intimidate them ?) , or should you  give the person some "breathing room" and walk backwards a few steps ?

The answer is, it depends on what you're looking for !

If you look at the picture of the young girl , shown here, I went intentionally close with a Nikon Nikkor 55mm Macro lens to get details on her face. With this close-up Macro lens, you can see sharp details, like the air bubbles on the sides of her lips after finishing an ice cream cone.

What did I achieve by "being in the face" of the subject ? I think the viewer feels more involved in the childhood universe of the girl as a result.

If you look at the picture taken of Lower Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry, you can see that I composed the photograph to see things "at a distance" . By including both the man in the foreground  and the overall cityscape, the atmosphere of the scene comes through.

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To Crop or Not to Crop, That is The Question  

In our last blog, we discussed the "rule of thirds" principle, a technique that helps the photographer frame the picture while looking through their camera. This has been called "the decisive moment" or "pre-visualization" by some photographers.

In a perfect world, we would be able to frame the complete picture in the viewfinder, point, click, and come out with a print-ready photograph to display. However, more times than not a random object will find itself to be a distractive influence in your photograph. When cropping is necessary, you will find the rule of thirds to still come in handy.

When cropping the first rule you should follow is to NEVER crop an original image. ALWAYS make a copy or two when experimenting and work on the copy. Once you have made a copy, you should use whatever application or software you feel comfortable with and play around with cropping the image until you have found it to your liking. One question you should ask yourself to decide on a successful crop is "is the photograph a more dynamic composition now?" If the answer is yes, you are ready to apply the rule of thirds to your new image.

Take the cropped photograph and see if you can split it into thirds. Sometimes it is helpful to print the photograph out and, with a ruler, split the photograph into thirds horizontally and vertically to plan your composed cropping.

To see how I slightly cropped an image, click on  the FRANCE gallery, then click on the "Paris d'Orsay View" thumbnail. Notice that the photo is cropped mainly around the clock face and the silhouetted people and that the photo is in a square format to fit the cropping. Also, notice that the flooring is cropped to draw the viewer’s eye to the clock and people in front of it.

By using the rule of thirds while cropping, your photographs will become more dynamic and cleaner. No longer will you have to worry about a great photograph being ruined by an unwanted nuisance.

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[email protected] (STOCKOPP.COM LLC) composition cropping photographic techniques rule of thirds story behind picture Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:23:09 GMT
The Rule Of Thirds When taking photographs, it is important to have an idea, a picture, of what you will be shooting in your mind. This does not mean that you have to predetermine exactly what you are going to photograph. Instead, there are techniques that you can keep in mind that will help create a great, classic photograph. 

One of these techniques that I use in my photographs is called the "rule of thirds." This means that when I am going to shoot something, my eye splits the viewfinder into three sections—left third, center third, and right third. By adopting this technique taught in art schools, the everyday photographer will be able to take photographs that are truly art. 


If you look at my photographs here on, you will also notice they tend to have vanishing points, the visual focus or interest point of the picture which gives the viewer a natural point of entry. This technique adds to the overall design element of the photograph and is a direct byproduct of the rule of thirds. Below is a photograph I shot of the Millennium Bridge in London that displays both the rule of thirds and vanishing point techinques. 



Try these techniques the next time you shoot. See if the rule of thirds helps enhance the dynamic level of your photographs. Feel free to leave us a comment below or send an email about the blog to [email protected]

[email protected] (STOCKOPP.COM LLC) composition photographic art rule of thirds Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:13:33 GMT