Tip #39: Maintain a Clean Background Behind Your Subject
This tip applies nicely for wildlife, people, flowers or any other subject that would be in a portrait situation.
You want your viewer to look at the subject in your photo, not the distractions behind your subject. This can be accomplished by:
But you can't always move your subject, especially when it comes to photographing wildlife. Of course you can move your position and sometimes this will work. Unfortunately your wild subject might move as you move.
So remain patient and keep an eye out for the distractions.
Example of cluttered background that can work because it adds to the scene
The leaves behind the buck provide information that this photo was taken in fall, an important time of year for bucks as they go into the mating season. The wide open aperture for this photo (f6.3) helps blur the background and therefore reduce some of the clutter.
Example of an uncluttered background to draw viewer's attention to the subject
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