Yes, that is right. One easy step to make your photos look more professional! I’m not saying this is the one and only thing you need to do to make them look more professional, I’m just saying this is one quick thing that can make a huge difference in your images.
Remove the distractions.
I know I have said it before and I will say it again.
You want to make sure that everything in the frame is relevant to the story you are trying to tell.
If you look at professional photographer’s images you will notice that they are clear of any distraction that would pull your eye away from their subject.
As a mom of two little ones whose house is hardly ever clean this is a challenge for me. I love stuff on my walls but they can be quite distracting in pictures. Did you know that each week when I take my pregnancy photo, I take a huge framed family photo off my wall so I can have a blank wall? I don’t have blank walls in my house.
I am often throwing crap from one side of the room to another so I can have less distractions in my images. Yes, it would probably make more sense to pick the stuff up and put it away but sometimes, I have about 20 seconds before my kids stop whatever they are doing so I have to be quick.
Sometimes you don’t realize until after you take the image how distracting something is. Luckily, Lightroom and other editing software has the ability to remove distractions for you. Come back tomorrow where I will show you how to remove these distractions in Lightroom.
If you know you have a certain shot in mind then set up the scene. I knew I wanted to take some pictures of my daughter reading in her room this day. She reads like this daily but normally her room has junk on the dresser, bookshelf, the bed isn’t made and there are toys everywhere. I spent about 10 minutes putting all that stuff in my room (again, I know I should have put it away). I then invited her back into her to room to read her books. It made for some lovely pictures without all the distractions of clothes and toys on the floor.
Sometimes the distractions are part of your house. In the image below she was reading in the hallway which has lovely light. I didn’t like all the air vents and lights pulling your eye away from the subject. Also, you can see a little bit of what was outside the door. Not important to the image. Just clone them out!
In this image, I could have taken the picture off the wall but I didn’t notice that until I uploaded my images. The floor lamp I was not moving and another item I didn’t even notice how distracting it was until again, I uploaded the images.
This one is my darling nephew at his 1 year old birthday party. His brother was standing close by. You will often hear me tell people “get out of my shot”. I have even heard Kate repeating this. However, I wasn’t quick enough to move older brother when he made that adorable face.
There is a time and a place where “stuff” is important to your image. In the first picture, I wanted to show what happens when I walk away and Emma decides to turn the toy bin into a “boat.” The second one is the aftermath of Christmas morning. I wanted to capture all the chaos and stuff they had received. All those distractions help to tell my story.
Learn how to remove distractions in Lightroom
Don’t forget to take an extra minute to clear your frame and save yourself some time editing!