The Power of Removing Distractions

Have you ever looked at a photo and had your eye drawn away from the subject to some other object in the background? Removing distractions can help concentrate a reader’s attention on your subject, instead of a different object. A distracting element could be an obvious sign; a tree coming out of someone’s head, or blemishes on a face. But, distractions are even more than that. A distraction is anything that takes the focal point away from your intended subject.

When you remove or alter elements in a photo that draw your eye away from your intended subject, it allows you to keep the focus to remain on the main element of the photo.

In order to spot distractions, look at your selected image and take note to where you eye immediately goes. What sticks out to you? Looking at your images with a critical eye can be tough at first, as you’re emotionally invested into each image. But, when you do, you’ll begin to notice things you’ve never seen before.

There are no boundaries for removing distractions. You can apply it to sky and ground, and can create a huge dramatic affect!

Examples of removing distractions

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For these examples, we took the original images and removed all the elements. Be careful to not go to the extreme by removing too many elements and making your images appear unrealistic.

Try experimenting and learning on different images, and have fun!

Removing Distractions

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