Sep 14

Photography Tip: Control Your Background

I do not know how many times I have not controlled the background in my pictures.  More often then I would ever want to admit, probably more than I could count.   I could use that old saying ‘if I had a nickel for every time…. I would be a rich’. Easy way to instantly improve your photography is to follow this simple photography tip: control your background.

Dreaded Pole HeadWhat I am talking about is all the photographs I have taken where something is visually sticking out of someone’s head or I have photographed my object and cut out parts.  Whether it is feet or other appendages or tops of buildings or trees.   It happens to me all the time and I will not even notice it until someone points out the flaw.  After that, it is the only thing that I can see in the picture.  This, now that I think about it, is kind of sad, since I am now using a Canon Powershot SX30IS.  (Thanks Karen for being a wonderful wife and getting that for my birthday, you spoil me).  It is a digital camera and I can check the picture right after I take it so this should not be a problem, but it is.
Karen at Volcanoes National ParkThe bad part of all this is that if I do not catch it in time, especially when we are on vacation and I do not have another shot that I can use, then I am stuck with it and it has to go in the blog.   For example, on the photo below, which I used for our review of the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden, which you can see by clicking here.  Karen basically has a car plowing into her head and the tip top of the hawaiian girl’s smoothie is cut off.
Whats ShakinWhat I am starting to do now and should have done since the beginning is take multiple shots of everything.  This will save my wife from having a car drive through her head like the picture above.  I am also reviewing my photographs more diligently the moment after I take them.   I’m trying to always double check my photos, especially if I think it will be a shot that is worth keeping or posting on the blog.
Kenny with Bunny Ears of Grass

I’m not the only guilty party in this family either.  See my leafy bunny ears in the photo above?  Thanks honey.

If the dreaded cranium accessories appear or I have cut off a vital part of the shot I just change the angle slightly by taking a few steps to the left or right and problem is usually fixed.  If it is still not fixed try using a different focal length or walk away and come at it from a different angle to get a completely and usually better perspective.
Little Head Knobbin

Good luck and happy photography!

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  1. freda phillips

    Oh Kenny. Your photographs are just great. I never noticed these things until you mentioned them. (Now I will have to keep a close look). I love your pics just the way they are but you just keep getting better and better. Before long I think you might change careers. lol

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thanks- Maybe it could happen- I guess that is what dreams are for

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