Yesterday we talked about making images that stand out from the crowd. Here is a tip that can really help iPhone and smart phone users, as well as SLR shooters.
Often, that super nice image is just in the wrong place. Light shimmering in the background or twigs that distract – the list goes on… For SLR users, we can open up the aperture and get closer to the subject to cool things down, as in the example on the left. But, sometimes even that is not enough.
I believe there will always be something to photograph, and if we think about light as the single most important element, then the options open up.
Such was the case the other day while on the Big Fork Trail here in WNC. I settled on these three Rhode leaves, placed at an angle. As I suggested, I opened up and got close. My 18-200 really gets close without having to use an extension tube. But the sun was bright and, as we can see reflected off the background, even though it was muted.
What to do. Find a different subject.
When I underexposed and cropped it a little it came out looking like this…
That’s fine for SLR cameras; however, unless your smart/iPhone has a telephoto adapter, mostly the images will be nearly a wide-angle. In that case look for a big tree or open void space behind the subject…
or create a background and have it with you… A background can be anything sort of flexible that can be placed behind the subject. It works best if muted. If one of your photos comes out looking like a mistake and the image is soft and multi color you, can have it reproduced on a fabric and use it. Some people use a piece of black felt that can be purchased from the fabric shop.