Backgrounds (or the Lack Thereof) Are Important


The number one mistake I think most people make in their photographs is in not considering the backgrounds. They can detract from the focal point of a picture or just plain clutter it up with useless detail. Even worse is when a pole appears to be sticking out of someone’s head because the subject is standing in front of a traffic sign or a phone pole.

I don’t think half my pictures would be as good as they are if I had instead been sitting on the floor in front of the stage. All the pics would then have been fighting the busy lighting patterns and colors of the central “Wiggly Circus” display behind the performers. By being to the side of the stage, where the backgrounds for all the pics would be the dark seating area that they didn’t even sell tickets to, I ensured the ability to get flat plain black backgrounds, thus focusing on the performers.

The one hang-up I did have, though, was the speaker located on the near corner of the stage. I had to fight my way around that quite often, mostly in the wider shots. There’s a skill to using foreground elements in landscape photography, but that’s not what I was going for that day.

There’s no perfect position. If I were in the front row on the floor level, all my pics would be up the Wiggles’ noses.

Strangely enough, there were open seats in the first three rows of my section. Only one parent took her kids down there. If I weren’t blocked seven seats in, I might have taken a quick walk down for a couple different pictures, too.