What to Look for When You Don’t Know What to Look for | Tip #1

September 13, 2017

Tip #1: be aware of trees in the background

You finally start to understand how to shoot in manual, you’re either nervous, starting to become comfortable posing clients or totally fine, because you know who your subject is, and the last thing you want to think about at this time is the composition and background of the image you’re about to capture. 

Thinking of the background? Are you kidding?! 

Well, as I mentioned in the first post of my “What to Look for” series, I’m here to point out some simple things to look for when you’re capturing an image that I don’t feel like I learned until years into my career. I’ll be sharing half of them on my blog and the other half in my newsletter. And many are so simple! 

I’m sure I can look back on many of my sessions to see myself failing at what I’m about to share with you, but you know what? It’s not the biggest deal. It’s really not.

Unless you BOMB it, and it’s definitely possible! (Like the image below on the right–that’s pretty tacky.)

What I’m about to share with you is something you’ll say, “ohhh, I would’ve never thought of that!”

And that is exactly why I’m sharing it with you!

Simply put: be aware of objects or trees growing out the back of subject’s heads.

Pretty ground-breaking, yeah? It’s something that I have just become quick at noticing when I’m posing my clients, so either a) I move ever-so-slightly or b) I ask them to move ever-so-slightly. Some cases can be more noticeable or unfortunate than others depending on how far the subject is from the tree or what the background object is.

So next time you’re being a boss and 1) shooting in manual 2) confidently posing and interacting with your clients and 3) all set up to capture your image, let me add one more trick to your balancing act and save you from this little oopsie that’s a possibility!

xox Lindsay 


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