Monday, October 21, 2013
No Merging Allowed
While out on the road, I often see yellow caution signs
While out on the road, I often see yellow caution signs—"Lanes Merge—Drive with Care." I love to ski and do so cautiously, so I take care when I see a sign that says, "Trails Merge—Slow Down." I've heard boaters talk about how careful they need to be when they go through a narrow channel where different waterways Merge. As photographers, we need to heed the same warning when it comes time to create a composition. As a matter of fact, I'd like to market a little yellow warning sign that gets placed on the back of a camera to remind photographers to lookout for MERGERS before they press the shutter.
If you have control over the subject, change its position so what's behind it has a clean background. Have the subject move forward, backward, to the left, right, higher or lower. Use a longer lens with a wide-open aperture to help throw the background out of focus. Pair this up with moving your subject away from the background and the background may turn into a beautiful wash of color.
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