This is a response to Lisa's post. Just want to show Lisa some simple tips on cropping her pictures.
Example #1: [original shot] I find the bag of seeds and the seeds on the ground to be distracting...an eye sore.
[cropped picture] You can save a picture by cropping out the stuff that is "noise".
Example #2: [original shot] I don't like the bike handle bar and the dirty wall in the picture...takes away from the focus of the photo. Photo was also too dark.
[cropped picture] I also added more light to the picture. I use "Picasa" for my free photoshopping tricks.
Example #3: [original picture]
So just snap the picture. You can always "clean" it up later.