Not find­ing a point of in­ter­est

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Pho­tos can end up look­ing like snapshots if you don’t give them a fo­cal point. If there are too many el­e­ments in a pic­ture that aren’t work­ing in har­mony, the viewer’s eyes will wan­der around the shot look­ing for some­thing to latch onto. One tech­nique is to use the ‘rule of thirds’ to po­si­tion the sub­ject – this is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive when the fo­cal point is small in the frame. An­other trick is to frame a shot so that there’s an odd num­ber of el­e­ments, as this tends to re­sult in a more bal­anced com­po­si­tion.

The orig­i­nal shot may tick some of the boxes, with its rule of thirds and lead­ing lines, but there’s no fo­cal point, and the patch of grass on the right is dis­tract­ing. The real in­ter­est is in the sky, so the shot was re­framed to make the most of this

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