|The Tragic Home - Mojave, California|
This image is about the "distractions" but note that they are kept to a minimum around the edges.
The edges are especially important because a distraction on the edge may lead the viewer right out of the photograph. So before you open the shutter, sweep the edges.
Look around all four sides of the frame. Look for anything that you don't want in the image. Recompose and look again. Make sure everything is just where you want it to be in the composition.
|Leaning Ladders - Rosamond, California|
One step further back or to the right would have revealed distractions around the edges.
Don't get so caught up in this that you miss the decisive moment. However, spending just a couple extra seconds making sure everything is right before capturing a picture will significantly improve your photography.
Photography is a form of nonverbal communication, and unnecessary distraction make that communication less strong. In order to communicate well with you images you must make them as strong as possible. Sweeping the edges will help to ensure that you are effective in your photographic communication.