Composition and perspective – Examples of problems

All these examples show what I mean by poor composition: 1) the black and white photo has the horizon too high and the tops of the trees cropped. 2) The signpost is obscured by an horizon that is too high. 3) There is no real focal point in the backlit tree other than the tree itself which is cropped. 4) The ruined building, which is the focal point of the next picture is obcured by the tree and the sky is too ‘busy’ with the branches and detracts from the main element of the building. 5) The trunks of the trees are obsured by the background and the branches are cropped at the top and right of the picture.

About Robert Laynton

Robert Laynton has a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree in psychology and was a member of the British Psychological Society, becoming a member of their Transpersonal Psychology Division and a contributor to their Journal, 'The Transpersonal Review'. He also gained a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in counselling. He suffers from Bipolar Affective Disorder. He likes photography, walking, listening to jazz, reading American Crime Fiction from the 40's, 50's and 60's and enjoys watching older films, especially film noir. He lives in England.
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