Monday, January 25, 2010

#3: Use a Simple Background

"Placing your subject in front of a plain background eliminates any doubt about what your point of interest is, and it also makes for a cleaner-looking image. Finding a clutter-free background isn't always easy, but often a simple shift in your viewpoint will reveal one. By climbing up on a porch to photograph your kids running through the sprinkler, for example, you can eliminate things like the neighbor's clothesline or the pile of garden tools leaning against the fence (the ones you were supposed to put away yesterday) and isolate the kids against the lawn. Similarly, by kneeling to photograph kids you can isolate them against the sky or a row of tall shrubs." Jeff Wignall's The Joy of Digital Photography pg. 107

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