This is a short and sweet post about composition. It’s very basic and intended for those who are just starting out in photography, but could be a good reminder to old hands as well. Beware the intruder!

What’s wrong with the photo above? Do you see it? Do you recognize the ugly intruder sneaking into the shot? Look at the top right hand corner of the image. THERE IT IS! That’s what I call an intruder. That person’s tennis shoe is stuck in the photo.

I’ve talked about this before when discussing composition. It’s one of the easiest photo composition mistakes to avoid. Just scan your image – all four corners right before you press the shutter button. Make sure there’s no unwanted, unneeded or unnecessary items intruding into the frame. It can be very annoying. It immediately draws the eye of the careful viewer and takes their attention away from the thing you want them to look at.

The dreaded intruder is gone!

In this case, I was using the Fuji X100s optical viewfinder which doesn’t exactly accurately represent the image being captured as well as the EVF does. So I missed the shoe in the corner. Easy enough to fix in post, but it’s better to look for it in advance and recompose so the offending item doesn’t steal attention away from your intended subject.


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