6 Common Photo Composition Mistakes

While things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are quantifiable, and thus, easy to discuss, composition is both qualitative and a bit more nebulous and thus, a bit harder to nail down. If composition is something you struggle with in your work, check out this great video tutorial that will show you six common composition mistakes photographers make and how to fix them to improve your images. 

Coming to you from Saurav Sinha, this helpful video tutorial will show you six common composition mistakes and how to fix them. Probably the most common mistake I see photographers make with regards to composition is not including a foreground element when working with a wide angle lens. The difficulty of wide angle lenses is that they tend to shrink and push away the background. This means that without a foreground element, the resulting image tends to look very two-dimensional and empty. A foreground element solves both these problems by giving the image an improved sense of depth and allowing the eye a natural point to enter the photo and move through it to the middle-ground and background, create a more balanced and nuanced result. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Sinha. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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