Travel Photography How-to Week. Day 4: Watch the Background

When photographing people, the background can make or break the scene. Here is an example.

The background in one photograph is too busy – the horizontal lines are distracting. That was the first photograph I took of this man – at the spot in which he was standing. For the second photograph, I asked the man to move just a few feet to the left, where the background was more pleasing and less distracting.

If the background is distracting and you can’t ask the subject to move, you can use a long telephoto lens set at a wide aperture to blur the background. Another option is to use Bokeh, a plug-in from Alien Skin that lets you blur the background beautifully. (You can get a 10% discount on all Alien Skin plug-ins by using this code upon checkout: RSA0901.

I hope you enjoy this week’s photos and the tips. If you want some hands-on experience, hope you can join one of my workshops.

If you are interested in joining one of my Cuba Workshops (after it opens and Americans can go legally (you need a license from the U.S Treasury Department now), keep checking my Events page.

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