6 Tips For Maximizing The Effect Of Your Backgrounds

August 23, 2011 by  
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The background of your picture should add to your shot, not distract the audience’s interest from your theme. Yet this happens frequently in photographs

For instance, envision a picture exhibiting a kid walking directly ahead of a stop sign; the sign might seem to develop from the top of the kid’s head. Or, envision a lady strolling past a tree; one of the tree’s limbs can appear to grow from the woman’s ear. In the two cases, the backgrounds, while creating funny photos, all but ruin the shots.

This article will provide six tips for reducing distractions caused by your backgrounds. The subsequent suggestions can help ensure everything in your picture illustrates your subject matter instead of detracting from them.

#1 – Move Your Shot

We will start with the most basic technique. If aspects within your setting are causing a distraction from your topic, move. This is obviously simpler if you have command over the placement of your topic

For instance, if you’re shooting a lighthouse and there are hardly any places to stand, your options are restricted.

#2 – Broaden Your Apeture

When you increase your aperture (noted by lesser f ratios), the components of your background are moved out of focus. They blur. This is an effective technique for limiting any diversion caused by those components. It is furthermore valuable for focusing your viewer’s attention on your subject.

#3 – Use Sensible Editing

This is a less than ideal solution, but still a beneficial alternative; if you are accustomed with using picture editing programs, you may eliminate annoying pieces of your background without impacting the quality of your image. For example, you might remove a little group of birds soaring over your subject; you may additionally improve the color of your subject’s clothing to catch the viewer’s attention; you can even blur parts of your background while leaving behind other – non-distracting – components in focus.

#4 – Scrutinize The Entire Frame Before Taking The Shot

Lots of novice shooters focus so intently on making sure their subject is displayed well that they virtually disregard their backdrop. Before getting the photo, look through everything inside your frame. Are the shades and tones depicted in your background steady with those of your topic? Is there movement that will blur, and therefore disturb the audience? Are certain elements simply out of place provided the visual context of your picture? Look cautiously before taking the picture.

#5 – Try Things Out With A Telephoto Lens

This suggestion develops on an earlier one in which you can increase your aperture to cause your backdrop to go out of focus. You could create a similar – though somewhat distinct – result by utilizing a telephoto lens; this type of lens makes your depth of field seem shallow, provided the same aperture setting. The effect is due to your subject looking larger against your background, which draws your viewers’ consideration, especially in large formats like photo poster printing.

#6 – Change Your Background

If there are objects within your frame that are producing a distraction for your picture, try to relocate them. For instance, imagine you are photographing your topic within a home; if a photograph installed on a wall threatens to negatively impact your shot, remove it. Do the same for furnishings, clocks, and ornamental items (e.g. vases, collector’s plates, etc.). Many photographers miss chances to control their filming atmosphere. Depending on the setting, you might have much more control than you recognize.

Do not make the error of disregarding your backgrounds when framing and getting your photos. Random components in them may produce unexpected disruptions that draw the audience’s eyes away from your subjects; take a researched, practical strategy. Inspect everything within your frame before releasing the shutter. That on it’s own may improve the graphic appeal of your photos.

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