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Pete's Tips 6 - check the background


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Pete's Tips 6 - check the background

12 Nov 2008 10:15AM   Views : 347 Unique : 304

I was photographing fungi yesterday and, like many ePHOTOzine members, shooting subjects like this along with birds or flowers, I tend to shoot at a wide aperture to throw the background totally out of focus.

So today's tip is look at the background, because even when it's out of focus you can often see distracting dark or light shapes, maybe caused by trees, people or a building. Often moving the camera a couple of inches left or right (or up or down) or at a slight angle will result in a fuss free backdrop.

Tags: Background Clutter free Composition


aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 8:28PM
Yeah, I've got yellow birch leaves and white cornus stems behind my bird feeder but there's not much I can do about that other than wreck the garden Smile

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webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
18 Nov 2008 9:46PM
I really love these diffused backgrounds, I really do, and we have stunning pictures here on EPZ to prove that.
But to be honest, sometimes showing a bit more of the surroundings is quite refreshing in photographs! For example with birds, it gives a sense of the environment where the picture was taken, instead of a sort of anonymous background. Or it tells more about the season, or time of day it was taken.
So sometimes a less diffused background can tell a better and/or complete story..... Though I agree that the background should not compete with the main subject of the image.


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