Watch for Distracting Elements – Digital Photography Tip of the Week

Last week I talked about the quality of light and how it is affected by the size of your light source. I hope that you have since tried to compare similiar photos in different types of lighting. Until you practice and experience it, it can be a hard concept to utilize in your photography.

One small thing you can do to improve your images is to look for distracting elements in your photos before you take them. One phrase commonly used in photography is if an element doesn’t add to the photo, it takes away. I touched on this briefly in a previous tip about scanning the edges of your frame. Unfortunately, distracting elements may not necessarily be only on the edge of your view finder. Look around your subject; all four sides as well as behind and in front of them. Sometimes, a minor adjustment in camera angle or position can place an unwanted element behind your subject, or out of the frame.

The digital photography tip of the week is written by the PCIN Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Chris is a long time photographer and is currently the President of the Niagara Falls Camera Club. You can see more of his photography at his Photo of the Day website. If you have a tip to send Chris, or a question about digital photography he can address in the newsletter, send it to

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