What separates an amateurish picture and a professional picture? There are lots of elements to discuss, but I want to focus on one particular element, the background you chose to photograph!
Today, I went out to take a picture of my pregnant wife in a forest park near our home. We wanted to do this before the baby was born! No special equipment, I just took my iphone with me to take the picture
We went into the forest park and initially we thought of taking a picture anywhere by the entrance. I mean, they are all tress after all! But something was not right. The picture was....boring.
It reminded me of the time when I was a filmmaking student and I just filmed without considering about the location. My focus was on the subject in front of the camera...who cares about the background! The thing is, my films looked amateurish. Boring in terms of the look. It looked like it was shot in my back yard and in my bed room.
The key to make a good photo is to consider the background. Find the most interseting background you can find. It will dramatically change your image. Don't settle with the first thing you find or come across. I find that walking and exploring for a while helps to find a good background.
So my wife and I decided to walk around in the forest and we came across a green swamp.
It looked really unique! It is so much more interesting to look at than regular trees. So we decided to take the photo here, then color corrected a bit.
Placing a strong background is one of the key to make a difference to your image. Always search around the location for a good background!
I am a documentary/News cameraman based in London.