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Choosing Right Background for Your Photos

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Backgrounds can be a powerful narrative subject in photography. It is the vital in that it gives your photo context. How your main photo suits your background gives your photo more narrative and it become more valuable photo. Proper design and use in crucial to photographic success.

As a photographer is so important to give equal attention on background. It’s so easy too loose track of the background while pay attention to main object. It’s so important to keep the main subject and background consistent. Styling the background and main subject with different theme gives artistic imbalance.

As a beginner photographer, improve your background skill should priority . Don’t matter if you taking natural picture, profession picture background always play the most important role. Background can either make or break a image. Some points which help to decide right background for your photos 

Use of Lighting

Photography is all about light. Light is the main reason an image can exist , it’s a photograph’s key factor. In photography, the type of lighting you use is the most important element in any image. Your camera can’t record unless there is some sort of light which illuminate subject.

Light in photography how the light is artificial or natural and the position of light sources related to light. The position and quality of light can affect the images from clarity to tone, mood and many more. The perfect angle of light in a photo can create specific effect. By using shadow we can give a different vibe.

You will become a stronger photographer because started learn how the harness your light source in the most effective way for any given composition. Understanding use of artificial or natural lighting in any situation can make you a step forward  to improving your skill in photography. 

Types of light 

1.Natural light 

2.Artificial light 

Natural Light :

Natural light bounces sunlight towards the camera’s subject and make sure they are lit up from front than from the back. The time of the day you are taking can affect the look of the photo because the direction of sunlight and shadow changes during the day. 

The main factor that will affect the quality of picture in natural conditions is outdoor conditions of weather and picture taking time. Outdoor condition of weather simply refer is the sky cloudy or clear. In cloudy sky taking picture is same as taking picture in shade.

Artificial Light

Artificial light is produced via another source such as a studio strobe, speed light, LED light, your camera’s pop up flash, or even a streetlight or lamp. Artificial light creates shadows and glare spots. It’s help in indoor shooting, it’ll ensure you that no matter where are you can create beautiful pictures.

The biggest advantage is artificial light is control. If you taking picture under natural light you can’t control or direct natural light means sun. But you can shoot all day and all night as much as your energy with the help of artificial light.

Using Depth of Field

Depth of field is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in photo that’s appear acceptably sharp. controlling the amount of the photo that is focus is one of the photographer’s best tool to help draw viewer attention. when you feel your background is messy you can  use the tool .

Eliminate background Distractions

A distraction in photography is pulling viewer’s eye away from main subject and story. To help the viewer connect with your images as intended you have to minimize the distraction from the scene. There are some tips which can help eliminate the distraction.

Keep it Simple

The most easy way to avoid distracting background is to remove it at all. You can put your model in plain wall . Sometime you can make the subject fill the entire frame. Background is important but that’s shouldn’t be only focus, if u want to highlight the subject then you should keep background as simple as can.


Sometimes photography is all about patience. you can wait for right object, right light that’s like you wait sometime for right background. if you want to shoot a object from particular location you can’t focus on street dogs, tourists out of shoot; even the tourist, the moving object, the dogs have to leave the particular location after some time .

Blur the Background

Some time it’s hard to avoid distraction from the picture the u can simply blow or blur the distractive objects. Those can be done by widening the aperture or using a lens with long focus length which blur the background with depth of focus .

Use of Negative Space

Negative space is the clean, minimal part of the image which  is not the main part  of the image. Means the subject of the object is positive space and the rest  are negative space.

Negative space take more place than positive space or main subject. It has the affect to make us more curious about the subject. The size difference between main object and surrounding medium can give the main subject feel isolated. The negative space of an object can portrait different kinds of emotion like loneliness ,relaxation, depression, even importance . 

Negative Space Used For

To make viewer eye on subject

Negative space defines the main subject so nicely which attract the viewer’s eye on main object.

To conveya sense of scale

Using a significant amount of negative space can help to portrait sense of isolation, which highlight the subject against the whole background. To give the photo a different look  we can use some creative idea by using different tools in  background


Paper is great ideas which you can use in as a background ideas. You can use various types of paper. They can be wrapping paper, newspaper, book pages , and many more; if you like some design as background you can go and print out in paper and used it.

Paper in background give the photos a classy, elegant vibe which is now a days trending background in intagram, facebook and other social media platform. Paper is also a environment friendly options, so you can use as much as you it doesn’t harm environment.

If you  looking for white background you can simply used paper as background. And by using newspaper and pages from book as background it give retro vibes to the photos. 


Cloth and other fabric make great background for photos. You can use any daily using cloth as background of photos like blanket, bedsheet, curtain, your daily wear like hoodie, shirt,t-shirt etc. You can use different colors .

Walls painting

Walls come in so many shapes, colors, designs. They make some interesting backgrounds for instagram. Now a days if there are some plain walls nearside street, construction building then artist make painting their which give a perfect background for photos. These painting gives photos a different look. If your passing those kind of painting walls you should take a few snaps for instagram.

Paper plates

You can use paper plates as background. You can use same color or different colors paper plate also .Not only you can play with the colors but also you place them. You can also place as overlap them randomly on top of each other for fun and playful look. And you can place them far from each other to give a look of polka dots. 

Fairy light backdrop

If you want to give your photo a magical fairytale vibe you can simply use fairy light in background. It’s so easy and take little time to create the background. To create the background all you need to simply drape the fairy lights over a curtain or rod. You can use some fake flower on top of it if u want.

Craft paper triangles

If you want some creative background you can use craft paper as backdrop . It’s so easy to arrange craft paper and craft papers are easily available. All you need craft paper, scissors and tape. You simply cut the craft paper in triangle shape and stick them in wall.

Creased Tin Foil

Tin foil can make a great silvery backdrop. This will make your subject more attractive. It’s different from plain old creased plain paper, Tinfoil give a shiny effect to the photo. But you should be careful with the light because tin foil reflects light specially when you use light like studio light . 

Curtain Background

Used curtain as backdrop is the easiest and cheapest way. All you need to stretch a curtain away from window and tape it on wall. It maybe don’t look good from far but it looks great in closer view. Once you done with photo shoot you just simply put the curtain back; no need of cleaning.


Choosing the right background will make your portraits stand out , challenge you indifferent and improve your observation skill. This knowledge will make a positive impact on your every step of your photography career. The more you experiment with background you will get amazing portrait. 

Backgrounds aren’t the most important thing and I think you should spend a lot more energy worrying about what you’re going to do to get great expression that worrying about background. Now try this above mention tips you will get maximum result in any location.


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