Monday, March 14, 2011
Whenever I create a photograph, I place as much importance on the background as I do on my subject. As meticulous as I may be in composing the perfect subject, the result will not be successful if the background is too bright, has too much in focus, or has distractions that bring the viewer’s eyes away from the key focal point.
Ways to control what the background will look like are determined by lens selection, aperture selection, angle of view, lighting, distance from the subject, among others. One of the simplest ways to control the look of the background is determined by the position of the photographer. Often, a single step to the left or right, or a change in height from standing to kneeling, can account for a completely different looking image.
Prior to taking any more pictures, study the entire viewfinder. Look to see what’s behind your subject and learn to visualize how that background will be recorded based on what lens you’re using, the aperture at which it’s set, and the position from where you make the photograph. Giving the background equal due and learning how to control it will improve the look of every photograph you create.
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