Meeting Photo Challenges
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Photographing Children; Interaction At Eye Level:
Photo (#14) is a good example of how a dark or black background forces all the attention on the subject. When in doubt about what background to use, black is a good choice. It is virtually always complementary.
A white background can come from an overcast sky or fog if you are using natural lighting. Photo (#15) was taken on Venice Beach in Los Angeles on a foggy day typical of June weather in Southern California, and not only was the soft lighting ideal for outdoor portraiture, but the background was clean and non-distracting.
Environmental backgrounds tell a story. This kind of picture is actually more challenging because you have two major elements to deal with—the foreground subject and the background. Photo (#16) is an example of what I’m talking about. This was done with a wide angle lens so I could encompass the landscape and maintain focus on it. I added the reflection in Photoshop using the plug-in Flood (www.flamingpear.com) to make this a little more interesting.
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