What's in a photo background?
The background of your photo is just that: the background. It’s not the main subject to which the viewer’s eye is immediately drawn. It’s not the object in focus, front and center of the frame. But while the background of your photo may take a backseat to the main subject, it does set up your composition, which can add or detract from your overall aesthetic. A busy background will distract the viewer from what’s important.
“I would call black background photography fine art. It’s so classic and timeless. It’s the kind of work you put up on a mantel,” says photographer Bethany Perkowski. Solid black backgrounds can help focus your artistic vision by putting a spotlight on your subject. From close-up product photography to detailed, elegant portraits, dark backgrounds allow the artist and the viewer to focus on the vivid details of a subject while allowing the rest to fall aside.
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