By Peeter Poldre, Photographer – Always learning and striving to CAPTURE the next great photo!


It is natural to pay attention to the subject(s) of your photo, but a distracting background can leave a less than desirable impression. Not all background distractions are avoidable, especially in fast-moving situations over which the photographer has no control, such as a Canada Day parade (photo 1). However, the photographer does have control when the subject is cooperative. Photo 2 shows a volunteer model who is unaware that she is standing in front of a pole. Asking the model to move to her right by two steps provides a less distracting background (photo 3). Some subjects cannot realistically be asked to move (photo 4). In these situations, the photographer maybe able to change the background, as seen in photo 5, in which “going low” provides a less cluttered background.