Here is a family photograph session. The family members posing in the sunlight at the front of the family home and the obligatory shadow in the frame. Typical family portrait, but with a little difference. It was directed perhaps by Ingmar Bergman or Federico Fellini... Seriously, what is the story? Were these taken by a child? Was the off center mode done with intention? Was the photographer just very inexperienced? Was the view finder on the old box camera out of sync?
Today's Feature: Framing the shot.
This page will collect some major mistakes that amateur photographers make in FRAMING the SHOT.
(1)CENTERING: Even if not in the center of the shot, the subject should not be partially cut off by the edge of the frame. Cut off heads are the most common but sometimes the feet cut off also.
(2)LEVELING: The camera should be held level so that the subject in the picture does not look like it is sliding off the earth.
(3)DISTANCE: Then there is the shot that is too far from the subject to make out any detail. Or perhaps, the camera is so close it won't focus properly and you get just a blurry image.
It's all called FRAMING THE SHOT.
This is a part of a series looking at a few examples from Lost Gallery of the seven most common problems of the amateur photographer.
1.) The photographer's own shadow is in the picture.
2.) Forgot to advance the film: The Double Exposure
3.) Blocked the lens with a finger or a thumb or something
4.) Somebody moved, either the subject or the photographer
5.) Not framed right, Missing heads, feet, people
6.) Improper lighting (Overexposed, Underexposed)
7.) Fogged negative from miss-loaded film or a damaged camera.
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The camera was too close. Older cameras had a fixed-focus range that limited how close the camera could be to the subject and still produce a clear shot. Modern day auto-focus cameras handle this problem much better.
Here are more examples of these typical amateur photographer mistakes. They are presented here in no particular order. See which mistakes you can identify in each of these.
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