A distracting background can ruin an otherwise lovely photo. It doesn’t matter if you take pictures on you phone or a really expensive camera, these top photography tips are quick and easy to do. Give them a try…..
It’s all in the angles
You would never know that there was a fence and a row of parked cars directly behind this picture. By tilting the camera down, none of that appeared in my shot. Taking the picture from above also makes people look smaller, and this can be the most flattering angle for adults, as well as making kids look tiny and cute.
Sometimes the clouds are good…
As we are finally experiencing some spring weather, you might be looking to take photos of this season. For taking these pictures of spring flowers, sometimes it’s nice to have a plain white background, as it forces people to just look at the flowers, nothing else. A cloudy day is perfect for this as all you have to do is point the camera upwards.
Cloudy days are great for portraits too as you don’t have any problems with parts of the face coming out too bright and other parts in complete shadow. People are also a lot less likely to squint if they’re not looking at the sun!
Bring some props….
Sometimes you might struggle to take pictures of lighter flowers with a light background. You can make them stand out though, by holding a piece of black card behind the flowers. Don’t get the card too close to the flowers though, as you don’t want the card to be in focus.
Look for texture in your surroundings…
When we went over to a fallen tree on this shoot, my model’s instant reaction was to rest her elbow on the tree and her head on her elbow and give me the cheesiest grin; that was great, but not what I was going for….
I wanted the texture and colour to be behind her head so I got her to sit in front of it. If you are photographing people, then always bring something to sit on. People tend to like to be photographed in their favourite things. This means that they might not be comfortable sitting in grass and mud wearing them. 😉
Do you have any other tips for making your backgrounds work? We would love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we are running a photo contest on our Facebook page at the moment, pop on over and share your spring photos for a chance to win £250 from Amazon. There are two runners up prizes of £100 as well 😀 Full term and conditions are on the page.
Maria Brosnan is a wedding and portrait photographer based in London. With a background in film, her style is careful, simple and unintrusive. Her aim is to make the people in her photos feel beautiful and dignified, whatever they might be doing.
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