(or e-mail me). Perhaps I could do a post on a subject you're curious about.
1. Do Clear the Clutter: doing this is good if you’re taking a posed photo, and you want focus to be totally on your subject. Take a look at what’s behind the subject- is it a cluttered floor? Or a busy room in the background? Could you move to a plain wall or less distracting part of the house? Could you pick up a handful of toys (or kick them out of the frame of the photo ;) ?
now there's nothing competing for your attention!
2. Don’t Clear the Clutter: Sometimes photos of your children or family at home are all about capturing a moment in time. The messy background (toys on the floor, dinner just finished still on the table, kids’ masterpieces stuck to the fridge or wall) are a true part of that! So, don’t be afraid to have them in your photos either- sometimes something in the background is a great memory for later!
Don’t busy yourself with tidying up the background if it means missing the moment!
3. Distracting Elements: Before you click the photo, take a look at what you see- is there a tree or a pole “growing out of” someone’s head? Is there a random kid playing on the park behind your kid? Sometimes asking your subject to move a bit to the right or left makes a huge difference! Sometimes YOU can move a little, to change what’s directly behind your subject in the frame. If you’ve got a minute to make an adjustment like that, go for it!
I hope these tips will give you some helpful things to think of when you're taking pictures-paying attention to your background can change an "okay" photo into an awesome photo! :)
Share the photos you're taking with the tips in this series on Instagram, using the hashtag #RaisingMemories
Other Posts in the Series:
Tip #1: Using Your Flash
Tip #2: Natural Light
Tip #3: Be Aware of your Background
Tip #4: Perspective
Tip #5: Focus & Zoom
Tip #6: Rule of Thirds
Tip #7: No Cheese!
Each Friday I'll share another photography tip. If you have any photography-related questions that you'd like to see me answer, feel free to leave them in the comments- perhaps I could do a future post on a subject you're curious about.