Taking Better Photos – Backgrounds

Today we are talking about backgrounds.  We will be covering ways to eliminate the distracting background and what things can be used to make a pleasing background.  As you continue to learn your camera and take more photos, start being more aware of not only the subject of the photo but what is in the background. Try to eliminate distracting backgrounds by moving either the subject or your angle at capturing the photo.

Sometimes that isn’t always possible or things go unnoticed, as in this photo when taking the photo.  This distraction was easily taken care of by cropping it in post production.   Cropping this photo also help really put the focus on my nephew.  Sometimes converting to a black and white photo will also help minimize the distracting background.

But be careful not to crop out a background that tells a story, as in this photo.  The Mickey Ears on our Disney Cruise was something that told the story, so in this photo I didn’t cop it out.

Tell a story with a background, by using something that defines the person in the photo.  In this case, it is our son’s truck.

Be on the lookout for interesting backgrounds – old building, doorways, etc.

This week, I hope you take your camera or camera phone and start taking photos. Find interesting backgrounds and then take lots of photos.  Then really look at them and figure out which you like to capture moments of your life.

Next week, we will be working on changing perspective.  I hope you join us.