One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in Your Photos



Distractions turn great photos into snapshots.

Little distractions in the form of fences, people, trash cans, litter, brightly-colored signs, branches, power lines, and anything else that distracts your viewer’s eye away from your main subject… those things must GO.

And I don’t want to hear that, well, this one thing was in the way, or… well, I couldn’t move over to the left, or… well, my camera doesn’t zoom that far.

That is what your feet are for.

Here’s how to eliminate distractions from your photos:

1. Lift your camera to your eye and frame your photo. Get your subject just right and make sure to look around the edges of the frame. If you see something like these branches poking in the top, you know you need to move.

  1. Try moving forward. See how, in this second photo, the branches are gone? Great. Simple elimination of a distraction. But the photo is a bit boring…

  1. Try moving backward. When we include the entire tree, the branches now become a frame for our subject:

Nice save! Here’s another example. See the distraction?

That building at the bottom of the photo is bright and draws our eye away from the main subject. By moving to the right and up just a FEW INCHES, you can eliminate it altogether…

Ahh. That’s better. Try getting up high, down low, closer to, or farther from your subject. Try zooming in, zooming out, using a different angle… whatever you do, work the shot. You always have options. No more excuses!