May 21, 2010

PROBLEM: BUSY BACKGROUNDS

PROBLEM:
It is not your eyes, it took me a few seconds to see the dog. The busy background distracts from the dog's candid expression.

People are naturally drawn to eyes in a photo so my brain got confused when it went straight for the eyes behind the dog. Then my brain got puzzled because the eyes are blurry and realized that is not the focal point. At this point my brain searched again for focal point and thought it was the writing on the wall. When my brain tried to read the graffiti, my brain noticed the dog.

SOLUTION:
There are a number of ways to fix this problem.
  • Choose a subject (dog) with a solid coloring. In this case the coloring shouldn't be black or white because these colors will get lost. A solid brown, maple, or blond will work best against this background because right around the dog these colors are not present. This will depend on the background you choose to put the subject against.
  • Choose a background without eyes or lettering. Eyes naturally go to these things first so if you omit them, the brain will not be confused by them.
  • Choose a shallow-er depth of field aka make the background more blurry so that you eyes and lettering is not recognizable.
  • As a photographer you should scout the area and choose a background that is more simple or has the colors that best compliments the subject. Then direct the dog to that area and go whatever you can to keep the model there.
TOTSPUPS TIP: If the dog has many colors then choose a simple background. If the dog has one solid color, you have the option of simple or busy background. Remember it is always better to keep it simple.

Photo not by TOTSPUPS.

I have omitted the photo reference. This photo is used as a helpful tutorial not to bash other photographer's work.

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