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Chapter 10. Macro Photography > Background Information

Background Information

For most kinds of close-up pictures, the background you use is very important. In all cases, the background should complement the main subject and not distract the viewer’s attention from it, just as with any carefully composed photograph.

For models, insects, or other subjects that have a distinctive environment, you might want to create a background that pictures or simulates that environment realistically. The best way to do that is to actually use the true environment in your photo, which may be possible if you’re shooting on location. You’ll probably want to clean up the surroundings a bit, removing stray rocks and twigs from a floral photograph, for example. Trim dead leaves or foliage with cuts and tears. Your goal should be to preserve the natural background without having it look unattractive or cluttered.


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