I often worry about the cluttered background while taking shots. It felt as though I couldn’t take a perfect photo without a perfect scene until I realized that this photographer’s block had impeded my progress and I started looking for the cure.
I remember that we can use a dim light to dim the background while creating a dark mood. We can also take monochrome photos or turn color photos into monochrome ones to filter out the distraction from any colorful background detail. We can even use impressionist techniques to eliminate the detail.
However, sometimes a beautiful background is the icing on the cake. So how can we capture countless stunning scenes without worrying about the background anymore?
The Sky Is the Limit
We’ve learned to use natural elements to create a mood. We can also use natural elements as our backdrops. When the weather is perfect, the blue sky and cirrus cloud are our free perfect backdrops. Take the opportunity whenever the weather is agreeable to go outside. Capture the scenes from varying angles with the sky and cloud as the backdrop.
We’ve learned in-camera techniques to create blurred effects in impressionist photography. We can use the similar technique to blur backgrounds.
Using large aperture values to narrow the depth of field is a well-known technique to throw unwanted details in the background into a blur.
In the following merry-go-round photo, the photographer was moving at the same speed as the model, and threw unwanted details in the background into a colorful blur.
A reflector is a piece of versatile photography gear inexpensive. One of its 22 practical uses is as an impromptu backdrop.
In this photo, the photographer created the purple background by shooting a purple-gelled flash through a translucent white backdrop-the middle part of a reflector.
|You can take it one-step further and just use colored gels for colored backgrounds or to set a particular mood. This technique can give you virtually an unlimited number of backgrounds.|
The Cheap Backdrops That Don’t Look Cheap
This photo looks professionally taken in a studio, but it’s taken at home with a room wall as a backdrop. You can also take professional-looking photos with exquisite and diverse backdrops you can find around your house.
What if you don’t have a lucky weather, don’t have time to play with and try out camera settings, and simply don’t have any handy gadget or backdrop near you? When you have captured a satisfying subject but with a cluttered background, you still have Photoshop as your backup. Photoshop is able to create post-processing wonders including a perfect backdrop.
In this gorgeous thistle photo, the photographer used zoom on the radial blur filter to blur the background, and purple daisies, a Photoshop nature texture. It looks exactly as if the effect was produced using in-camera techniques.