How to Avoid Distracting Backgrounds as an Event Photographer

event photographerAs an event photographer, it can be really frustrating when you have to take a really cool picture only to find a terrible distracting object spoiling all your work. If you have been in those shoes you would understand how I felt when I had caught my subject in the perfect pose and then I saw a tree branch that fitted awkwardly.

We all experience those terrible distractions but they are avoidable. I thought it would be nice to share a few tricks which have helped me eliminate these distracting backgrounds as an event photographer.

Fill your frame

One of the first things we all learn as a photographer is to fill your frame. It is important to focus on exactly what is relevant to the story you want to tell. It requires you to be sensitive to your surrounding and be expectant of the distractions that could occur. Before clicking your camera ensure you look at the edges of your frame and ensure that everything within that frame is relevant to the image in mind. Rather than distract, everything must come together to support and accentuate your image.

The decisive moment

Getting the right shot requires lots and lots of patience. An example is shooting a couple at their wedding reception. Probably what you had in your head was a picture of the couple sipping from their wine glasses gazing into each other’s eyes. Just when you are about to take the photo, a waiter walks by, what do you do? It requires a lot of patience not to click away on your camera, but that is the wise thing to do. That’s the difference between a great photo and a bad photo, what you decide to do in that sliver of a second. You need to wait a bit so you get a clear shot, just like a sniper.

Concealing the distraction

Sometimes there’s so much distraction you cannot wait any longer. Let’s go back to the story above, if there are so many people moving around your subject couple and you need to take the shot and move on. What will be your next line of action? Here’s my suggestion, find a way to make your subject bigger than the distractions, one of the best ways to do this is getting closer to the subject. This way you can hide the distractions behind the subject when they are concealed.

Pick the best position for your shot

Before taking any photo you need to walk around a couple of times checking out which position gives you the best shot with the least distractions. You shouldn’t take a shot from the first angle you assume. As you move around the subject you can identify the distractions and conceal or crop them out easily.

Selecting the right lens

As a photographer, you sure know that the focal length of your lens makes a huge difference in your photos. For event photography sometimes you need to capture just the subject and at other times you need a wider view. Whichever you need, you must pick the right lens so you can achieve the right photo without distractions.

Be brave with your bokeh

A narrow aperture will always give you more distractions but that is what most photographers are familiar with. Here’s is my suggestion to you, get brave and try out something new. Open up your aperture so you can be a bit more precise with your focus, capture some bokeh. Once you can strike a balance between the subject and the background, the background will be blurred.

This should be helpful to you as an event photographer if it has then shared some thoughts in the comment section. You could also ask your questions too or refer to SmartPicsUK Event Photography