Pay Attention to your Background

Pay attention to your background.
While I lead my group around Zoo Miami, I would try and find “lessons” as we walked. When we got to the Lion’s enclosure, a great lesson presented itself. From the spot that seemed a perfect area to photograph the Lion there was a tree behind it that I knew would present itself as a distraction in the finished image. I explained to the students that were with me at the time to do their compositions, then remove their eye from the viewfinder. When they returned their eye back to the viewfinder I asked them if their compositions looked the same as they did only moments prior. Everyone now noticed the tree behind the Lion where they missed it before. I then moved the group to our left enough to remove the tree from being a distraction. When you compose your image it is easy to develop “tunnel vision” and to miss objects in your frame that aren’t elements that will aid in your image but instead distract. Take a few seconds to remove your eye from the camera and then when you return it can be enough to break that “tunnel vision”.
Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/800th of a second (first image) 1/500th of a second (second image), Sirui P326 carbon fiber monopod, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13L Slingbag, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

2 Responses to “Pay Attention to your Background”

  1. Great article. The background can make or break an image.

    • lilybug1960 Says:

      Thanks! You are exactly right, or can save a photographer a lot of time attempting to clone out distractions!

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