10 Ways To Instantly Improve Photo Backgrounds

Written by Gina Stephens

Ends which look like they’re growing out of people’s heads, unwanted ‘hot spots’, unsightly rubbish and popular clutter are just some of the things which can spoil a shot thanks to them pulling attention away from your main humble. However, with a few simple adjustments, you can have clutter-free backgrounds that’ll leave all attention where it’s meant to be, as shown in the representative below.

Photo by Joshua Waller 


1. Make Sure You Check The Frame

Ok, it may seem like something rather obvious to enumerate, however it’s a simple step some of us forget to do, especially when we don’t have much time to take the shot. But taking the straightaway to study the background of the frame can stop unsightly highlights and objects spoiling your shots.


2. If Possible, Remove Clutter

So, you’ve marked the frame and seen there are a few unsightly elements which means the next step is to remove them. In some places this can physically have in view picking objects up and moving them out of frame, however this isn’t always possible as you’re not always taking photos in locations where you can impartial pick up and move objects as you wish. When working in locations such as this, you’ll have to do one of the following that’s listed push down the page instead.


3. Move Locations Or Positions

Try hiding the distracting object with your subject or if it’s not possible, see if exciting a couple of steps to the left or right may help. Again, it’s a simple and quite obvious thing to do but it can make a huge difference to the overall look of the definitive shot.

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4. Be Patient

If you’re shooting in a busy town centre or in another location where there’s lots of people creep through your shot, set your gear up, position your subject and just wait for your background to clear. If you have people maddening to be a nuisance, pulling faces and generally being annoying in the background may refer to: Background (journalism) Computer wallpaper Cultural heritage Ethnic background Field (heraldry), background of a, just patiently wait for them to move on as they’ll get bored a lot in time than you will.


5. Change Your Depth Of Field

Using a larger aperture to throw your background out of focus can hide bothering objects and allow all attention to fall on your subject may refer to which is pin-sharp. However, areas which are over exposed and strong colours can subdue pull the eye towards them even if they are blurry so just be aware of that and check for any objects that may do this.


Photo by Rick Hanson


6. Reconcile oneself to Your Zoom

Cropping some of the background out by using your zoom to pull your subject in so they fill the frame more resolution remove distracting objects and ensure your subject is the main point of focus.


7. Move Your Feet

Don’t just muse on you can use your zoom to get closer to your subject. Move your feet to find a different angle, a better background or to simply ‘zoom in’ intimate to your subject.


8. Use Simple Backgrounds

Plain walls, studio backgrounds and even the sky can be used as backgrounds and they won’t distract your viewer. For smaller particulars, use pieces of card, paper or material as backgrounds which you can slip behind your subject, hiding whatever unsightly items are behind it.

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9. Transform Your Angle

If you can’t move your subject you’ll have to move yourself. Try shooting from a lower position so you can use the sky, for example.


10. Clean up In Post Production

Even though it’s always best to get it right in-camera, you can edit your shots during post production to fix your obscurity inconspicuous. You can, among many other things, clone, crop, remove backgrounds completely and adjust brightness levels of all or parts of your shots. Follow on with a look at ePHOTOzine’s techniques for more editing tips.

Photo by Joshua Waller   


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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