When taking a picture very few people go to an open field to take their pictures. More often then not, the conversation goes like: “Hey stand over here by that tree – that is a nice shady spot”, or “Let’s have a few pictures taken on the porch with the backyard as a background”
All good and well, however, sometimes we get a background that starts competing with the subject matter. “What a gorgeous sunset, oh there is Debbie on the left” is not the reaction you want from a portrait.
Below is a picture I took in our backyard:
This background is marginal at best, if you don’t find a way to get your subject separated (stand in front of by some distance) this bush can be more distracting than useful.
Yes its green, yes it would probably contrast the skin color nicely, but look at it closely, it is full of little highlights (bright sunlit leaves) that later on will probably compete with the person(s) you want to photograph. Just something to think about.
Here is another example:
Same thing: Background is very bright and will most likely distract from the subject (the person in the picture).
As an aside. This stuff has been sitting in our yard for years now, I don’t really see it anymore 🙂 As a good strategy though, if there is obvious junk in the picture, MOVE to another location or MOVE the junk 🙂