Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Flowers, Bees, and Backgrounds
There are quite a few ways to photographically separate a subject from its background. You can blur the background. Color contrast is effective. There can be different qualities of texture, and different shapes (or similar shapes that repeat something found in the subject, but that would be a different goal from separation). The properties of light hitting the scene can affect other aspects, through intensity, hardness, and - most of all - direction. And of course although we don't (at least ordinarily) alter the objects in a natural setting, we generally have some choice of where we position the camera. It often becomes a game of figuring out how to get a strong or attractive perspective for the main subject while also having the background objects appear in the best juxtaposition to complement that subject.