Composition MISTAKES Every Photographer SHOULD AVOID!



YouTube what is good hope I want us having a fantastic Monday out there today we were talking about composition mistakes that every photographer makes at some point in their career so today I'm gonna run through these mistakes with you I'm gonna show you examples of me making this mistake and then examples of me fixing the mistake what I changed in the photo to make it a much better photograph make the composition better now this video is a direct response to an Instagram DM that someone asked me asking for a video about composition help so as always if you have other questions if you want to see other videos feel free to drop them below in the comments at any point during this video and also guys do this odd if you're enjoying this video hit that thumbs up button at any time I would greatly appreciate it so without waiting you longer let's get into these mistakes mistake number one is something that I like to call double subjecting essentially this is when you're taking a photo and you have a person in the photo and you also have an interesting item in the background and what you do is you try to just put them side by side basically double subjecting you want to have two subjects in the photo this is bad because it confuses your eye when you're looking at the picture you're looking at the photo and in our example it's like do I look at Katy or do I look at this waterfall like what am I supposed to be looking at you as a photographer you're like you I want to show these people like Katy's and fur this waterfall but there's a more efficient better way to go about this to get both subjects in the photo but in a much more appealing less eyeball confusing way here's my correction of that photo right here what I did in this one katie is still doing the same thing I directed her I said hey walk across this log keep your balance I think it would be a cool shot but what I've done in this photo is I took the waterfall behind her shoulder I used a lower aperture to create a little bit of depth of field so now she is in the foreground of the photo and the waterfall is in the background of the photo whereas before we had the waterfall and Katie both basically on the same plane on the photo so now we've created two layers in the image we got the waterfall on the back her in the front this just makes it much more appealing and easy to understand image when you're looking at it the key to composition is no eyeball confusion you want to look at the photo and just everything feels nice flows nice you're not like scanning the picture trying to figure out exactly what you're supposed to be looking at that is the key to composition it's like a a little bit of Fung Shui I guess you could say now mistake number two is a common mistake it is having your subject look outside of the frame dividing your photo in half here's our example right here we got Katie we're out hiking I was like yo those brains are looking cool we're by this river right here so I had her look off to the side my problem is I framed it wrong I double subjected I tried to get the river and I tried to get her as well with the braids the problem Dene because she's facing the right side of the image and I have the water over here we're now splitting our image right down the middle Katie's looking off to the side we have the water it's just confusing you don't know what you're supposed to be looking at it's almost like looking at two photos but how do we fix that we turn her around we have her face into the scene to create just our nice all-around all-encompassing image now we got the river in there but it just balances out nicely you see her braids you see her looking towards the water so as you're looking at the photo your eye follows directly towards it by having your subject look into the scene once again you're creating a much more balanced image and you're removing eyeball confusion for someone looking at the photo mistake number three is called tangent lines essentially what this means is you have your subject and then something in the background is drawing a line through your subject essentially just creating confusion when you're looking at the photo you're looking at it and it's harder to identify where the subject is because these are lines in the background are cutting into the phone or they're dividing up your subject here's our example right here and at first we shot it with the forest being the background but I was like yo the all these trees they're like causing confusion it's hard to really make out the subject of this photo aside from the white shirt against the brown background so what did we do we walked a little bit away as we found this cool bridge right here and we took this shot now this photo captures the exact same thing we got the motion in the shirt which I like she's looking back and we also have some trees in the photo to identify you know it's kind of like a fall fall cool day the photo has the exact same vibe but our subject is now isolated there is nothing cutting into her much more easy to understand and once again we're removing eyeball confusion from the photo now on to the fourth mistake this is the biggest mistake professional photographers myself included make this mistake all the time and that is being lazy the lazy composition my favorite example of this is the pet photo test so you ever like go over to a friend's house or you go to someone's house in my case I go to my parents house I take a picture of their dog just standing up I take it like this like Oh little dog bang that is me being lazy here's the example right here look at this photo I took of my parents dog in their backyard like yeah it is what it is but all it takes is me squatting down changing the angle of the photo and you capture this image right here huge huge difference a much more appealing photo a much a much more storytelling photo night and day difference and the only thing that you changed was the angle in which you were shooting you essentially took the extra four seconds to squat down instead of just standing there like oh yeah cute little picture of a dog so don't be lazy lazy compositions will not get you anywhere it's important to think when you are out shooting all these things we talked about today they're easy things to correct just with a little bit of thought a little bit intuitiveness when you are out making your photos that's always the key you just want to be thinking on your feet so guys that is it for mistakes that all photographers make when it comes to composition if you correct these you avoid doing them your photos will always look better guaranteed you know like I said guys it's all about thinking when you're out there and if you're beginner watching this video and you're like damn you know I mess up I do these types of things all the time trust me as you progress in your career as you shoot over the years these things become second nature notice how with all the photos that I've showed you today I had a bad example and then I followed it up with a good example that's because when I was out shooting I realized like oh I made this mistake I need to correct it and the same thing will happen to you guys it just takes practice it just takes time and eventually you won't make these mistakes anymore so hope the video helped you as always guys do me a solid hit the thumbs up button like I said at the beginning of the video drop a comment let me know other tips other tutorials other things you'd like to learn about and um that's it guys share the video if it helps you out I will see you on Wednesday but don't speed up like you like the tango dancing with these words I can't accept my thought so it's getting worse you gotta let it out on my friend numbers

40 Replies to “Composition MISTAKES Every Photographer SHOULD AVOID!”

  1. While i agree to an extent with what you're saying, i also don't agree 100% more so with the first photo of the girl and the waterfall. i get that you might feel like viewers would be confused what they should be looking at. but, i wouldn't say its bad composition. singling out your subjects a lot of the time come off very boring..i think it depends on the style of photography and what you're trying to do. there are some examples of this composition on my instagram check them out @nickfaraciphoto

  2. The 2nd picture looks like thrash compared to the 1st one (which looks pretty awesome). The waterfall in the 2nd picture looks like a distracting element while in the 1st one it looks like a part of the composition. This is either a subjective topic, depending on what YOU need to present or transmit, or either you performed pretty bad on presenting these examples.

  3. awesome content , but pleaaase fix your audio cuts. they are overlapping making harsh peaks in the audio signal. not very pleasing to listen to you this way 🙁

  4. Nice tips, now one for you and your videos, spend a little more time on showing the photos rather then yourself talking. it would be helpful to see the photos you are talking about more, put the examples up longer on the screen is all I'm asking.

  5. Tip #5 Don't get distracted with all the other shots you COULD be taking, instead of the one you ARE taking. That's my biggest problem. And the fact that there's very few interesting things where I live.

  6. Video tutorial 101: NEVER use the in-camera microphone! Even for a smartphone you can get a fairly good lav mic, like the Røde Smartlav +. (You did use a telephone to shoot this, didn't you?) Okay, being close and shouting makes it a little bit less bad, but it still isn't good – there's a lot of echo. Besides, the wide angle lens doesn't help the composition, as it includes a lot of irrelevant background. It also brings the background more into focus.

  7. I would love to see more videos talking about the same subject, as I'm discovering… composition is something that requires a lot of practice. More examples on mistakes and how to fix them will be even more beneficial. I'd love to see more!

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