Backgrounds





Look for the best view of a subject before using your camera; there is

always a choice. One side may be much more pleasing or more

characteristic than the other, or may show interesting details more

plainly. If you have studied drawing you will be able also to find the

view which makes the best composition. The background, too, must be

considered, and the position of the sun. The simpler the background the

better. Near-by foliage is not good for figures; it is too confused and

the figures will mingle with it. Sometimes the adjustable portrait-lens,

which can be slipped over the other, will obviate that trouble by

blurring everything not in exact focus, and this lens will allow you to

stand nearer the object and so make it larger on the film. It is not

intended for distant views and the camera should not be more than six

feet from the subject when it is used.







Quiet water makes an excellent background, also distant foliage and

hills, flat fields and meadows. These may be obtained for figures, but

often the very things you want to photograph most are in the woods with

foliage close to and all around them; then you must simply do the best

you can under the circumstances.





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