Happy hump day! I hope your week is going well.
I've been busy decorating for fall around our home - moving furniture and trying to 'refresh' our nest - pics of which I hope to share with you next week...:) But today, I wanted to quickly continue my mini photography 'tips' series and touch on the subject of creating a specific mood by simply changing the background.
As I'm still learning about photography, I'm not sure if the term 'mood' exists in this medium, but as it exists in art - and photography is an art to me - you'll see me use the term in this post. So let's get started...
When looking at the above picture, what does it say to
you in terms of time of day, mood or even time of year?
Now look at the same subject but with a dark background.
Does the picture reflect a different mood than the one prior?Take a look at them side by side. Notice how the picture on the left depicts a sunnier, lighter, more summery photo as opposed to the one on the right, which is more rustic and could depict a photo taken at night or during a cloudy day.
By simply changing your background or backdrop, you can create a
picture that says 'that's going to be a delicious light lunch or refreshing dessert'.
OR it could say...
'That's going to be a delicious warm
comforting dinner or rich dessert'
Similarly, when displaying objects such as my recent artichoke sculpture against
the chalkboard background, the mood has more of a rustic yet sophisticated feel.
Whereas in this photo, the vase sitting at the table against a white
table cloth and white dishes is airy and the mood more relaxed...
But even though I disagree and think her photo is beautiful, I also understand why Andrea would want lighter photos, as I too tend to prefer my photos to be bright and airy. However, this time of year lends itself to that perfect time to practice and get yourself acquainted with darker settings as we approach winter and the sunny days will be fewer and further in between (unless you are lucky enough to live in a place where it's sunny all year around, in that case disregard this entire paragraph and the jealousy I have towards you...ha).
So there you have it, creating 'mood' with your background. Do you have a preference? Lighter or darker backgrounds?
For those of you who prefer no background at all, I will post something next week and show you how to take a photo with 'floating' subjects. In the meantime, if there are any specific questions you might have on this subject, please let me know and I will do my best to answer your question.
I truly hope you find these 'tips' helpful.
Thank you so much for keeping me company today!
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