How to Better Photograph Your Family
Eight Tips for any Skill Level
TIP FOUR: WATCH THE BACKGROUND.
It seems counter-intuitive, but any successful photograph BEGINS with the background. A bad background can ruin an otherwise amazing photo. Think of how a painter would work on the background first and then, layer by layer, add the protagonists. When filling up your frame (SEE TIP ONE), pick a clean or pleasing background so that you can focus on the action, a.k.a. your family.
HERE IS HOW NOT TO DO IT! So here we are in August in North Carolina. It is a hot as Hades and I am at home with a full slumber party of five- my children and their Prelipp Lojk cousins. They had not seen each other all summer so the mood was very festive. The kids were playing a raucous game that involved balloons, teams, rules incomprehensible to me and A LOT of screaming. I first tried photographing them in one direction with a really busy background. The detritus of my life– closets, toys, a chair fort, etc. made for a very busy background. So you can hardly focus in on the action.
When shooting digital you can just look at the back of your camera to see how things are looking. I could see right away that the background was too busy. So, I just took a position at the opposite end of the room to get a different view point. The result is below.
Now, with this nice clean background I could just follow the game until I got the right mix of elements. I tend to take a lot of photographs while I am at it. When shooting digital, why not?
Before I put the camera away, I took a quick photo of my favorite people.
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