But I came across this post on WetCanvas, which offers excellent advice on backgrounds for portraits in particular. It is well thought-out, and illustrated carefully to explain each point.
Given that I am under pressure for all sorts of reasons right now, rather than offer no blog at all, I thought I would at least offer you the opportunity to read some things about backgrounds that you might well find useful. It is better than silence, methinks!
And to stimulate your thoughts, here are a few portraits with unusual "backgrounds" (and poses too). Makes one think - why settle for a conventional head shot and a "neutral" background?...how can you "involve" the background with the character of the sitter?..and what do these choices make you think and feel?
|Harold Pinter, by Justin Mortimer|
|J K Rowling by Stuart Pearson Wright|
|Johnathan Miller by Stephen Conroy|