I went out into my garden the other day to capture the spring blossoms. As I was deciding on my view I reminded myself to really "see" as I focused. What I didn’t want to do was make the very common mistake of having some other object in the background or foreground be a distraction and possibly spoil a good shot. That other object can be anything from something small—like another flower, a stem, or a branch—to something large, such as a garden shed, pole or fence.
The easiest way to avoid having the other object show and distract is to either photograph at a very shallow depth of field, such as f2.8, or just simply move either yourself or the actual flower to a slightly different position.
Learn more from Francesca in her upcoming workshop:
Intensive: Flowers Close Up
with Francesca Yorke
June 1 - June 3, 2012