With photography, there are composition rules that should be understood by photographers, either pro or amateur to produce a caption that can tell a story all by itself. These concepts should be understood and applied while taking photos. You cannot end up in jail for breaking photo composition rules. However, you are likely to create better images if you follow these rules. A lot of people who are exercising their passion for photography create substandard images just because they assumed these rules or because they were ignorant about them. You can avoid being one of them by going through this article.
Here are four major mistakes that most photographers make.
#1. The rule of thirds
This is a basic rule that every passionate photographer should adhere to. It is where the subject should be placed at the centre of the frame both vertically and horizontally. However, photography is an art, and therefore you should be creative. Some photographers, therefore, make the mistake of never making an effort to learn new things about photo composition. The rule of thirds alone cannot generate studio quality photos. Alongside the rule of thirds, you should ensure your image has a negative space that provides the subject with a sense of space and room for breathing.
You should also ensure that your subject is the main focal point. This, as a result, ensures that nothing competes with the subject. Additionally, you can blur some parts of the subject to incorporate some sense of motion. Another thing that you can do to make a photo interesting is to add filters like using the black and white theme, which creates drama in an image. Once you do such creative things, you realize that your image gets a lot to tell about its composition other than when you place the subject at the centre of the frame.
#2. Assuming the background
This is a common mistake made by photographers. Documentary images are the ones that mostly use sharp backgrounds. This is because a background can be used to narrate a story about the subject. If the background details are an important and interesting part of the photo, they should be included. Nonetheless, the opposite is also true. You can blur the background if it is a distraction from the subject. Therefore, as a photographer, you should tell when background is a distraction and when it should be sharp.
#3. Exclusion of foreground interest
Some photographers do this mistake often. It is not common, however, in documentary and landscape photography. This is mostly because they use wide-angle lenses which, highly includes a lot of foreground details in composition. If the foreground interest supports the story of the subject, it is advisable to include it in the caption.
#4. Taking few shots
This is a common mistake committed by photographers regardless of whether they are pro or amateurs. It is a composition mistake where photographers fail to work the subject. In photo composition, you should take as many shots as possible to exhaust your creative possibilities. There are occasions where you need to capture 20-30 captions to find the perfect ones. Other times, you need 3-4 photos to get the perfect shot. Taking many shots ensure that you explore various viewpoints as well as compositional possibilities.
For most photographers, composing a shot is an art that has proven to be elusive. Nonetheless, there are some individuals with a photographer’s eye. Others require a gradual learning process to be fine with it. However, even the finest make mistakes, and the above are the most common. Avoiding the above-mentioned photo composition mistakes, however, rewards you with a photograph that hugely attracts the attention of any viewer.