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    Tips for Taking Your Own Background Images

    Taking a background image for your website is no easy feat. However, if you're not one to shy away from a challenge, it might be worth it to try your hand at taking the perfect background photo. Take a gander at these photography tips as you embark on your journey!

    Rule of Thirds

    If you're new to the world of photography, you should be aware of the rule of thirds. This rule will help you create a balanced photo that directs the eye to the most useful points of interest.  Take a look at our handy-dandy diagram below:

     

     

    The idea is to break an image into thirds, horizontally and vertically: this should make 9 parts. The points of interest should be placed where the lines intersect, as studies have shown that the human eye tends to look at these areas first. Or, you can place an image subject along one of the lines, instead of right smack dab in the middle of the frame.

    Remember, rules are made to be broken! The rule of thirds is a safe way to achieve a professional feel, but feel free to experiment. If you look at the first example in our background images blog post, the image breaks the rules, but still achieves a stunning effect.

    Play Around with Depth

    Play around with depth by placing items in the background and foreground. Having a subject in focus while having the background out of focus creates a more interesting image. If you're using a DSLR camera, one way to achieve this is to have a shallow depth of field. You can adjust this on your camera by setting your aperture to a smaller number, such as f2.8. Take a look at these examples:

     

     

    Have fun with these tips, and let us know how it goes! We hope to see your gorgeous website soon.

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