The most important element in a photograph is the background, and if the background is wrong it doesn’t matter how beautiful the foreground is, the whole picture is affected. It is important to take into account the background as much as you do the foreground. You should always be wary of the background and how it will appear in the final photograph.
It is not a surprise to find photos where the background is more eye-catching than the foreground picture, and draws all the attention from the main picture to the background. This is very unprofessional and needs to be dealt with quickly before you ruin more pictures.
If you are shooting a portrait picture and you don’t have a proper background then the best alternative would be to use a simple white background. You will have to increase the background’s light source more than the person’s main light source by one f-stop and then increase the exposure for your main subject.
Taking photographs is easy; you can make use of any area around you to create the perfect shooting environment. For example, you can use your backyard, bathtub, living room design, swimming pool or anywhere else you’re comfortable with.
Dealing with backgrounds is one of the most important aspects for any photographer especially when shooting outdoors. One of the best ways to deal with annoying backgrounds is to use a shallow depth of field. This makes the camera’s viewer focus more on the person and not the background. You can also achieve the same effect by using a longer lens, a longer lens has a narrow angle of view which creates a shallow depth of field, and it also provides more compression.
The background can be blurred by using a neutral density filter, this allows you to use a wider aperture for bright backgrounds and fast film speeds.
Camera focus is another important aspect of photography that can eliminate distracting backgrounds. Focus has to be on the foreground and not the background. One of the best ways to eliminate distracting backgrounds is through digital photo imaging.
With digital photos you can edit them right on your digital camera on your desktop using digital editing software. This allows you the opportunity to remove the background and replace it with any background you please.
You can also control other aspects of the photo such as lighting and color to create a realistic merge between the two different items. With digital editing software you don’t have to worry about the background, you can take a picture anywhere and later on edit the background to suite your preferences.