Jul 20 2010

The Photography Background – The Difference Between Professional And Beginner!

Published by at 12:44 am under Better Photos

If you’re enthusiastic about photography – and wish to get your pictures to a whole new, higher level – the key to success often is the photography background!

Among the fundamental differences between beginner and professional photography is that the professional has learned to manage and manipulate the photography background – where the beginner focuses all their consideration on the subject and frequently just lets the background happen on its own.

Ever been so caught up with your model and lighting and so forth that (when you take a look at the completed photograph) you discover a huge refuse can – right behind your subject – spilling refuse all over the ground? In every photo? Plus you never even noticed it in the course of the photo session!

Or, maybe you have been guilty of having tree branches appearing to erupt from the subject’s head, like antlers?

They are stupid blunders that are effortlessly fixed and will promptly increase your photography’s impact.

The unpleasant news is we do not actually observe how much better our photographs are! Let us face it; if you don’t have garbage or antlers and so forth, you never stop to think how much better your photo is…you just never notice. Our notice only comes to bear if we overlook something and screw up (we all do occasionally).

If you want admiration for your artistic endeavors, you can’t allow these problems into your pictures. It is really a simple repair…just remember to look at the background and every one of the four corners in the viewfinder before you click the shutter button – and then you tweak accordingly.

For those who have a tough time remembering, get a piece of masking tape and mark – in large black letters – “CHECK THE BACKGROUND”. And then attach the tape on the backside of your camera. It will help jog your memory you until it turns into a habit.

You will never appreciate how many images you have saved, however it’s definitely worth the effort.

The next simplest photography background technique – to make your subject “explode” from your photograph – is to isolate them.

I am positive you have seen pictures where the model is in clear, sharp focus – but the backdrop is completely out of focus and is nothing but a wash of color.

That is done with manipulating the depth of field.

Depth of field determines just how much of your photograph is in focus. You can find complete textbooks written concerning this area (heck, I wrote one myself!) but the simplest ways to do this “wash of color” technique are to:

1. Make use of the longest focal length lens possible.
2. Open it up towards the widest aperture possible – this will be the lowest f-stop number.
3. Place the backdrop as far behind the model as is practicable. Or else situate the model as far in front of the backdrop as you are able to.

Obviously each one of the three tips has a number of variables. Through adjusting the options presented to you, you can make your photography background as focused or unfocused as you desire. There is no right or wrong.

Totally out of focus, moderately in focus, sharp as a tack…that is where your creative eye comes into the picture.

Once you’ve mastered the “in camera” techniques of manipulating your backdrops, then it is time to consider creating selected cloth backdrops. This will give your work an expert “photo studio” look.

A decent quality backdrop can literally cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Therefore, rather than dishing out the big bucks, I like to recommend creating your own. Happily a photography background is simple to generate and can be made for pennies on the dollar.

Pay attention to your photography background and you’ll be capturing professional level pictures almost immediately.

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