Sorry, but I don’t have a representative collection to share here and let you decide. So you will have to put up with my ideas, at least until there is sufficient feedback to this post to set me straight.
In looking through several albums of photos that are considered good either by their creators or others, it was easy for me to see that great photos are strongly oriented on their subject, have no extraneous details, that there is a strong visual design, snappy, often exaggerated, colors, and a simple but supportive background. The background sets off but supports the subject.
I came across a rather “blah” photo when looking through my most recent “catch” and I said to myself, this might work on a different background.
No sooner said than done.
And here, dear reader, is where you come in. Alongside is the photo on different solid backgrounds. The original is included, it should not take you but a few seconds to identify it.
Which, in your opinion, works best?
Why do you think so?
Would you hang any of these on a wall in your room?
Do any of the solid backgrounds improve the photo?
Can you think of some other background that would work better?
And lastly, but maybe most importantly, can a different background really make a difference?
Please let me know your thoughts, either with a comment on this post or any other means of communicating. I would love to hear from you.
© 2011 Ludwig Keck