24 May Photo Backgrounds Matter
Photo Backgrounds Matter
Photo Tip: Why Photo Backgrounds Matter.
1) Graphic Design
Art consists of positive space (the subject) and negative space (the background).
Both work together in making a photo effective.
For example, notice how the plain green background in the above photo isolates the flying hummingbird.
Also, I’ve left room (negative space) in front of the bird, which creates a sense of dynamic movement.
2) Dramatic Impact
Sometimes vivid color enhances a photo.
Here, a background of red Bougainvillea flowers helps make this a unique view of the hummingbird.
3) Artistic Expression
Unexpected colors can add enchantment to a photo.
This photo, taken in the shade against a bright floral background, conveys a different story.
What Can You Do?
If you take photos of birds, experiment with different backgrounds. For example, you might:
a) Try different views that offer different colors, patterns, or types of light.
b) Experiment with small adjustments. Sometimes a small step sideways will improve a background. For example, this might eliminate a dark spot caused by a shadow.
c) Take photos of the same subject using different types of backgrounds. Then compare how the background changes the story told by the photo.
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Help Birds Tip
Keep Cats Indoors
Why: Cats are one of the few predators that can catch a hummingbird.
Here’s an article that tells how you, your cat, and birds all benefit: See Keep Your Cat Safe
George West has created a fantastic book about Hummingbirds. See: North American Hummingbirds
I show ideas like this in my talk about Hummingbird Photography. See: Catch Me If You Can