Don't Let Distractions Ruin Your Images

Distractions can ruin what would otherwise be a great photo, and they can sneak up on you more easily than you might expect. This interesting video discusses the issues of distractions in landscape photos and what we can do about them.

Coming to you from Alister Benn with Expressive Photography, this excellent video discusses the issue of distractions in landscape photography. Almost all of us have come home, excited that we got an awesome shot, only to be disappointed when we pull the photo up on our monitor and are surprised by a distraction we somehow did not even notice when we took the photo. One thing that I have found helps me a lot is to make actively checking for distractions my last action before clicking the shutter. For some reason, it is easy to miss them when you are composing a photo, and separating the two actions can make a huge difference. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Benn.

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Eric Robinson's picture

An excellent video indeed, not just because the presenter is a fellow Scot, but because he touches on some of the fundamental points of photography in a very clear way. Important points which many miss. i would say what he is dealing with are ‘stage two’ distractions, in that they have been captured in the act of taking the photograph. I would like to hear how Alister goes about dealing with ‘stage 1’ distractions and how he eliminates them at the composition stage. I would like to know what goes through his head during that composition stage and the decisions he makes and why he makes them. I’ll defiantly be subscribing to his channel and passing it on to my photographer friends.

Bruce Pryde's picture

Good info in the clip... One thing puzzles me though. How did he get a sunny day in Scotland ?

Eric Robinson's picture

You should have been in Scotland these past two months! I’ve never experienced such a great spell of weather. Apparently sunniest May ever! Though to be honest not great for photography, though it’s been good for those into Astro with lots of clear skys.

Transcripts of your videos would would be helpful for the hearing impaired.