“Control The Background In Your Photography”
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Well yes, it is a bit repetitive on my part but is something that I will emphasize over and over again. You simply got to learn to take control of your backgrounds in your photography.
It is something that is so important, and no matter what type or style of photography you are interested in, most of those style types seem to require a certain amount of control in order to achieve the type of shot you want and to make your subject to stand out even more.
Do you shoot portraits? Do you do more of a candid/street style of photography?
Do you do weddings? Pet photography?
Wildlife & nature photography?
No matter what you shoot, eventually you will need to learn how to control certain elements in that background. The camera/lens does not do it for you. You do it!
You might want totally blurred backgrounds, maybe a background with soft but noticeable details, or a highly detailed background.
Figure out what you want and just how to get it! Take the helm!!
Personally, I enjoy shooting wide open and controling the background from there. I like a soft background, but many times I will try as much as I possibly can to use that background almost as if it is a subject on its own. A seperate subject from the main subject, which can create a visual feast for the viewer, and to give the image a overall impact that some images may lack at times.
I will work a image with the background as a total blur at first, then make lens adjustments or camera to subject movements in order to get the right depth and feel that I want, and maybe to get more of that detail in there. Just about all of your subjects are different, and you may have to play and to experiment a good bit to get a feel for what you like and/or dislike.
Look for repeating shapes/patterns which can be a pleasing blur with hints of details, or a single element, which when thrown out of focus can easily become a subject on its own. Make up your mind this season that this is indeed the season for change.
You will take that next step in your photography, and have a blast doing it! You will create something unique this season and learn from it.
You will reach that goal, and you will be happy at the end.
Now, ….. go out and do it!
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