I make this error a lot. Usually it’s because I’m shooting fast, reactive, and not paying attention. But even when I’m deliberate, I just become human and miss it.
This is my #2 pet peeve in photographs: stuff growing out of people’s heads.
Make sure you frame the head correctly so nothing is growing out of their heads. If you can’t find a clear space, make sure it’s busy enough.
Here are some examples where I make this mistake:
Woah, Brooke has 3 branches growing out the top of her head!
OMG, Elizabeth grew a mean goatee!
This is even more impressive. Mia has a whole fountain growing out of her head! That’s awesome!
Hannah has a whole tree growing out of her head. Not only that, she’s not even in focus! WTF?
How Do You Fix This?
- You move around until you find a good, empty space for the head to be in.
- If there is absolutely no clear space, make sure it’s busy.
- You crop the top of the head so the offending growth doesn’t show.
- You photoshop it, like so:
Now Elizabeth looks clean shaven. Can you tell by the pixels?