Snapshot Sunday tip # 2 – Background Clutter
Snapshots are an important part of capturing your life. Snapshots represent who your family is, and will be looked back on years from now and valued just as much as your professional portraiture. Plus, it sure helps to have a kick butt scrapbook that you can show off to all of your friends eh?
This Sunday’s snapshot tip is on background clutter. We don’t always realize it at the time, but sometimes something just as simple as moving your subject forward can make a huge difference in the outcome of your snapshot. If you are in a child’s room (and it looks anything like my children’s rooms) then you may have to kick aside some toys, a few blankets and some clothes. (lol).
This was taken in downtown savannah last year during octoberfest. You can imagine what the backdrop looked like at that time, so I had her sit and took a shot where she filled the entire frame.
This snapshot was given to us by a lovely client (Thank you). Most of the focus is on the subject in this image, but if you were to bring her up just a little bit, the backdrop would be a little bit more out of focus, putting more focus on your beautiful little subject
Moral of the story: We can’t always think about how we want to compose a shot when we are getting snapshots (hence snapshots because they are quick and capture a moment), and that’s ok. When you have time to think about it though and your out playing with the kids, try to position yourself in a way that you have less background noise and more focus on that sweet little smile