Most photographers, especially beginners, are often so focused on the subject that they completely forget considering the background. A good photographer should have an eye for the background that complements the subject; the picture background should neither overwhelm nor be totally neglected. Here are useful tips that will tell you how to take photographs with great background.
Look out for possible problems
While taking photographs, you should be aware of anything that may spoil your shot. For instance, a person or vehicle may run into the frame from nowhere just when you are about to press the click button; and this can completely ruin the whole photograph. Similarly, any change in the background lighting can also spoil the shot.
Background should be distinct from the subject
You also need to be aware of where you’re placing your subject in the photo. You need to make sure that it doesn’t look like there is anything protruding from their body.
The same thing goes for patterns and lines. If your subject is wearing a dress that has vertical stripes on it and the background is filled with horizontal stripes then the viewer’s brain will have a hard time deciphering the image, most importantly, the subject from the background.
It’s not too hard to make sure the background in your images won’t cause problems. Take your time before shooting and view the scene properly. If you take the photos too spontaneously and quickly you may miss something. Just take the time to pause before snapping the shot.
Move your subject
If the background is distracting or will be fighting with the subject for the viewers’ attention, you can often solve the problem by simply moving your subject to a different spot. In addition, you’re feet aren’t stuck in stone, which means you can also move if you have too to get a better shot.
Change the angle
Sometimes, just changing your angle will result in a better photo. For example, if the sky is too bright or isn’t to your liking, then you can get rid of it by shooting down at the subject from above. Shooting from a low angle will allow you to use the light from the sky.
Depth of field
Knowing how depth of field works will also help you take better photos. The depth of field is basically the part of the photo that is in focus. You can make the whole shot look to be in focus or just part of it, such as the foreground, while the rest of it will look slightly blurry. This means you can use the depth of field to manipulate the background and blur it.
To make the background blurry, set the camera’s aperture to the lowest number, which will open it up wide and let in the most light. When you move the f-stop upwards by number, more of the background in the shot will come into focus. If your subject is standing right in front of an object, it will also be in focus. However, the further the distance between the subject and background, the more blurriness you’ll see.
Edit the background
If there is nothing you can do to change the background when taking your shots, you can often edit it with photo-editing software. These programs are relatively easy to use and are also generally inexpensive. You can usually change the background or remove it altogether in most editing software programs.