5 Common Photo Composition Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Composition is one of the trickiest and most nebulous aspects of photography, and it is something even experienced photographers often struggle with. If you find yourself often having trouble with creating balanced and compelling image compositions, check out this helpful video tutorial that discusses five common composition mistakes and how to fix them so that you can create better photos. 

Coming to you from Park Cameras, this great video tutorial discusses five common composition mistakes photographers make and how to improve your images. Probably the most common mistake I see newer photographers make is not including a foreground element when using a wide angle lens. The issue is that wide angle lenses tend to push the background away in the frame, and without a foreground element, the resulting image ends up looking very empty and two-dimensional. A well-placed foreground element (and it does not have to be much) can not only bring a sense of depth back to the frame, it can give the viewer's eye a logical entry point to the image, allowing them to naturally find their way through the composition and to the background, making for a much more satisfying viewing experience. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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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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