Pinch and a Dash

There are no rules about how much detail is suitable for a portrait background. For my work, I try to use a background to give a sense of place or just a bit of context without overpowering the subject.

It my personal visual recipe. Unlike a cookbook, these measurements and amounts are subjective.

This portrait in the Meat Packing District shows a background with a dash of brick and a pinch of rollup door. These visual elements, like spices, render tangible results with just a little input.

Don’t forget that too much of a good thing is still too much.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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