Differentiating between environmental portrait and distracting background

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Differentiating between environmental portrait and distracting background
Apr 20, 2012

Hi, I go through a lot of the post here on DP Review, and one of the hardest things I am having a trouble grasping is 'being able to differentiate between an environmental portrait and a portrait with a distracting background'.

Will you guys please help me figure this out?

I posted a couple photos of my wife...I know the photos in terms of composition, pose, sharpness, etc. are lacking...these are just examples...

Is the 2nd photo an example of an environmental portrait, or one with a distracting background? What about the 1st one?

Thank you for all your help.

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