10 COMMON COMPOSITION MISTAKES IN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Are you making any of these common composition mistakes?

1. SUBJECT IS IN THE CENTER OF THE FRAME

Sometimes a central subject works, but normally it’s better to shoot it positioned to one side, as explained in the rule of thirds. Most cameras are capable of showing a grid in the viewfinder that can help us split the scene into thirds—horizontally and vertically. The main subject should ideally be positioned where the lines cross each other or in a full third, with the rest of the elements aligned with the grid lines.

Again, we have to mention that the rules of composition are a great aid to consider as a starting point, trying to move from centrally composed images, but keep in mind that sometimes it’s worth trying to break the rules to innovate—to create something more interesting. Let your feelings speak for you.

2. SUBJECT IS TOO SMALL IN THE FRAME

Although our brains are great at focusing on a subject and excluding its surroundings, that almost never happens when you look at an image. When taking a shot, always consider if it would look better if you got closer (or zoomed in with your lens) so the subject fills the frame and clearly dominates the attention.

The more you include in a photograph, the more complex and difficult it is for the viewers to understand and appreciate the idea that is trying to be conveyed.

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