Avoiding "tangents" in your compositions

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Gerry Bishop
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Avoiding "tangents" in your compositions

You've heard it over and over again, during judging and during our photo reviews: There are certain compositional errors--some seemingly minor--that can ruin your photos.

Some of the most common are called "tangents," where the juxtaposition of objects within your frame cause visual tension that can distract from what you're trying to achieve. I've found a website that explains some of these and thought it would be helpful to many of you. (The article addresses painters, but it holds for photographers just as well.) Please check it out here: https://emptyeasel.com/2008/11/18/avoiding-tangents-9-visual-blunders-ev...