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CHOOSE THE RIGHT BACKGROUND IN PHOTOGRAPHY IS ART

Finding the right background to complement the subject is more than just trusting your instinct. The process should be approached consciously and carefully, because the background, as everyone knows, can make or break a photo. On which side to approach the question of choosing a background for a photograph?

Minimize distractions

If you look at some of the most famous works of pictorial art, you will notice that the backgrounds there are often simple, so it makes sense to try minimalism with the background and in photography.

Think of the background of your photo as a canvas painting. You may want the background to be clean enough so that it does not distract attention, does not interfere, so that the audience focuses focused on the main subject of the image.

Look for a background that does not have too many colors or patterns. This not only preserves visual clarity, but also creates a contrast between the subject and its surroundings.

However, there are cases when, due to a background that is too clean, the object may look like a foreign object. In this case, try to find a background with some texture to add volume. For example, if the concrete wall looks too empty, try shooting against a wooden fence or a wall twined with a vineyard. This will add not only depth, but also the character of the photo image.

Explore Negative Space

Negative space (or empty space around an object) plays an important role in the composition of photographs. You can use it to isolate the shooting model from the rest of the image, which will give it more significance.

This “visual respite” or emptiness will make the eyes focus on the subject, which will be an important feature of the photo.

Selecting a background with negative space provides greater flexibility when composing photographs. Since you don’t have to worry about not interfering with other visual elements in the frame, you can position the object almost anywhere.

Another visual advantage of using a background with negative space is that it allows the viewer’s eyes to rest. If your image looks too saturated, put an empty spot in the frame to make it easier to look at the photo.

Pay attention to the lines

A very important tool for improving composition in photography is the use of lines. Pay attention to the lines present on the background, including those that outline buildings, lampposts, and even the horizon.

If you want to include them in your image, make sure that they do not cut through the head of the object. Compose the frame so that the lines are in a special way, without interfering with the human head.

Use depth of field

If you cannot pick up a simple background, there is a great way to make it less distracting – blur, for example. Try using a shallow depth of field, setting the aperture to f / 1.8 and f / 2.8.

Choose the correct background in the photo
Photo by Zulmaury Saavedra

To make background blur more cinematic, try turning on bright lights or repeating patterns, because they look even more attractive in blurry form.

The term “bokeh” of Japanese origin defines such an aesthetically pleasing background blur. The bokeh technique is very popular among photographers.

Remember that the farther you place an object from the background, the more blur you get. This is especially useful when the background you are shooting is overloaded with details.

Crop Strange Shape Objects

The background with clear shapes can accentuate the image and thereby make it more attractive. This is great not only for framing an object, but also to balance the entire composition.

You can neatly “fit” your subject into squares or rectangles, such as door frames or windows. You can also try looking for circles, as the lack of angles makes these shapes more soothing to the eyes.

Triangles, on the other hand, can add symmetry to a photograph. Always be on the look out for unusual shapes with which you can experiment.

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