How to avoid distracting backgrounds: Two Minute Tips with David Bergman


posted Monday, August 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM EST


You have a scene, good light and an interesting subject. You capture the shot and all is well. However, when you are looking at your images when you get home, you realize there was a very distracting element in the scene that ruins the photos. How frustrating! The fortunate thing is that you can learn to become more observant and give yourself a better chance to notice distracting background elements with practice.

In the latest Two Minute Tips with David Bergman video, David shows us how to become better at noticing distracting background elements and how they interact with our subjects. A good background is critical for any outdoor portrait photo. After all, if you didn't want a real-world environment, complete with its own advantages and disadvantages, you'd likely be shooting in a studio, right? After setting your shot, before pressing that shutter, check behind your subject to ensure that a tree or other object isn't sticking out from their head. It can be very distracting once you notice it, but that doesn't always mean it's immediately obvious through the viewfinder.

To see more videos like this from David Bergman and Adorama, head over to the Adorama YouTube channel. Stay tuned to Imaging Resource for more educational content.

(Via Adorama