Advice on background

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dka91
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Advice on background
Mar 5, 2013

Hi, I posted a couple shoot about 2 weeks ago and Im going over some photos from that shoot in ps to remove some backgrounds but Im unsure of a few of the shots, so I thought Id ask here if you think they look too distracting...

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In reply to dka91, Mar 5, 2013

I think your instincts are good - especially, the young lady always seems to have a tree growing out of her head!  They photograph well (and you did a good job of it), so I'd invest some time and effort in the possibilities.

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In reply to RichV, Mar 5, 2013

Awesome, thanks alot for the tip, its off to ps lol!

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Yes the background is distracting. A wider aperture ( maybe on a different lens? ) would have blurred it out.

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In reply to dka91, Mar 5, 2013

Those two are so radiant, I'm not even noticing any background. What was in the background again, I forgot.

But you could blur it by using a longer focal length and standing back a little further.

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In reply to Sonyshine, Mar 5, 2013

Thanks for the advice

Yes tbh I would've liked to have used a wider aperture, but I was having a little...trouble trying to get both of them in focus, even when they were on the same plane.

Ill try it for next time though, maybe get them to pose in a more straight line so theyre exactly at the same distance.

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Thanks pal

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In reply to dka91, Mar 5, 2013

In addition to not stopping down so far, you can also use a little longer lens - maybe 50mm @ f2.8.  If you shoot again, pay attention to the background and keep distractions relatively far from the subjects (completely out of the photo if possible).  In general, you want the distance from the camera to the subject to be small and the distance from the subject to the background to be large.  However, if you use a wide angle lens, you will have trouble with just about anything showing in the background.

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