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Always watch your backgrounds

You can never talk too much about how important backgrounds are to a photo. A good one can enhance a picture’s readability. A bad one can obscure your subject and distract from the image’s overall appeal. Here are two examples of how a slight and simple change in the background can make a big difference. […]

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The importance of backgrounds for the non-photographer

I go on and on about having a clean, non-distracting background in your photos. From a photographer’s standpoint it’s something that we look for to make our pictures better. But what about those who aren’t photographers? What can an uncluttered background do for them? If you’re having an event such as a groundbreaking or wedding, […]

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The basic basics

In photography as you advance in skill level there are many things to consider in improving your photos: timing, equipment, lighting and composition among a myriad of others. But there are three basic things that every picture-taker needs to know to come away with better photographs. Notice I said “picture-taker” and not photographer. While every […]

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Background check: Part 2

While simplifying the background, sometimes nearly to the point of elimination, is a desirable goal for many pictures, there are occasions when the inclusion of a backdrop can add to the composition or context of a photo. One rainy day, I got a close-up shot of an ornate bench at Victory Park in Stockton. I […]

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Background check

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 35mm. Exposure: f/8.0 @ 1/500, ISO 400) A general rule of thumb in photography is that the eye will go to the lightest part of the picture. So what can you do when you have unwanted light areas in the scene you’re photographing? (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor […]

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