Landscape photographer Mark Denney recently stumbled across an old folder full of “favorite” images from a few years back. At first, he was just enjoying seeing the progressed he’d made over the years, but then he noticed something: “As I reviewed these images, I noticed the same three compositional mistakes repeated over and over.”
- Shooting High & Wide: Shooting everything at eye level and in portrait orientation, which often prevents you from capturing the foreground and creating any sort of depth.
- Busy Edges: Placing elements in your scene too close to the edge, or cutting elements off with the edge of your frame, can be very distracting and actually lead your viewer’s eye out of the frame.
- Sloppy Horizons: Not paying attention to your horizon, either by placing it poorly or by capturing an ever-so-slightly crooked horizon, can totally ruin a photograph.
Check out the video to watch Denney illustrate each of these mistakes with plenty of examples from that “favorites” folder. But even if you don’t do that—maybe you don’t shoot landscapes or feel like you are already well-aware of these common mistakes—we definitely suggest you follow his final bit of advice:
“If you haven’t taken the time to review your images from the past in order to compare them to your photos from the present, I highly recommend that you do,” writes Denney in the video’s description. “This is an incredible way to see your photographic progression within your specific genre of photography.”