Last week we talked about creating better photos by getting right in there and filling the frame with our subject.
This week, we're going to talk about doing the exact opposite. Don't be afraid, it's going to be painless. I promise.
As bloggers, most of the time we should be zeroing in on our craft or recipe (or whatever awesomeness we have just created) because it is THE thing we are showcasing. However, sometimes you want to tell a story with your photo. Sometimes you want to take a step back and show the context of your subject. Sometimes, what is surrounding your subject really adds to the photo.
For example, I have a friend who is now living in New Zealand. She saw this particular photo below and mentioned that it told a story to her: the white sheet of ice, all of the children and adults milling about, the advertisement boards at the back. Obviously, she isn't spending a lot of time in arenas down there so this picture, with all of its details, brought her home.
Now I know that my nephew, Lucas, is super adorable, but in this case she found it more interesting to see the big picture and the story it is telling.
Here is a different example. The first picture shows a cropped version, focusing in on this man's face and it's a great photo of him.
But if we back out and include his immediate surroundings,....now, check out the photo below. What a story it tells! (what the heck IS that thing?)
I still think that for most of our blogging applications, zooming in is the way to go, but if you're particular post is more about landscape shots or photos that tell stories - you just might want to experiment with backing out.