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To make good pictures, first start off with a simple background.


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How to make pictures with a simple background:

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY VISUALIZATION: What to look when shooting on the streets
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY VISUALIZATION: What to look when shooting on the streets
  1. First look for a simple background, then ask your subject to move in front of the simple background.
  2. Crouch down very low when photographing your subject, and photograph them against a simple architectural background (leading lines in buildings), or the simple sky.
  3. Use a flash: Flash darkens the background, and therefore simplifies the scene.
  4. Shoot black and white: Monochrome is more simple, and direct.
  5. Fishing technique: Find a simple background, and wait for your subject to enter the scene (Street Photography 101).

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Why simple background?

A simple background is the fundamental principle behind ‘figure to ground’.

Basic idea:

You want strong separation between the subject (figure) and the background (ground).

Strong black and white figure to ground examples:

Figure to ground: White circle against black background.
Figure to ground: White circle against black background.
Black circle against white background.
Black circle against white background.

Strong figure to ground examples in color:

Strong figure to ground: Red circle against green background.
Strong figure to ground: Red circle against green background.
Strong figure to ground: green circle against red background.
Strong figure to ground: green circle against red background.
Strong figure to ground: blue circle against yellow background.
Strong figure to ground: blue circle against yellow background.
Strong figure to ground: yellow circle against blue background.
Strong figure to ground: yellow circle against blue background.

Learn more about How to Shoot Photography Color.

Also, Photography Color Theory.


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Pictures by ERIC KIM with simple backgrounds

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