3 Image Background Woes and How to Fix Them

When it comes to creating stunning images, there's no such thing as too much light or too much space. You need to get your subject right, and the background needs to be right too. 

3 Image Background Woes and How to Fix Them
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

However, working with limited light sources can sometimes result in bland photos, even with the best equipment. If you do not have enough illumination on the subject, you won't capture their details properly. The best thing about image background issues is that they are often easy to fix. 

Here are three background issues on photos and how you can easily fix them.

1. Empty White Background

This is undoubtedly the most common background issue that you see in photos. While it is easy to fix, it is also a bit irritating. While this white space can add a sense of peace and serenity to your images, it does not look good when you have people as your subject. In such cases, pictures with no background appear awkward and do not give viewers a good impression of your photography skills.

To fix the empty white background on your photo, you need to take the photo from different angles. By doing this, the background changes every time. You can also use frames to cut out the background so that you get to choose how large or small of an area is visible in your image.

2. Too Much Background

This is another common issue with photos. This can be seen in images where the foreground and background are too prominent. The result is that you cannot concentrate on what your subject is doing, and there is a lot of confusion in your image. While it might seem good to take more photos, these extra backgrounds do not make sense and distract the viewer from the subject. 

To fix this issue, you need to understand how to compose your images properly. It will also help if you know where to focus when taking pictures. By using depth of field, you can get both the foreground and background clear without them competing for attention or taking up too much space in the picture. 

If it still doesn't look good, you can always use photo editing software to remove background from an image.

3. Blurry Backgrounds

Another way of making backgrounds appear blurry is not paying enough attention to them during shooting time. While blurry backgrounds show viewers that some work went into creating a picture, they are not as pleasant as clear backgrounds that show control over everything in an image. 

Blurred background issues also happen due to natural causes like moving objects or camera shakes while shooting images at slower shutter speeds. 

To fix blurry background issues on your images, you need to check your settings before you begin shooting photos with moving subjects like people or animals on camera phones and DSLRs alike. Remember that no amount of editing will be able to fix blurry photos unless they were at least somewhat sharp when they were captured in the first place. 

So, make sure that your shutter speed is fast enough to freeze moving events when you are out shooting.


Whether you are a new or experienced photographer, these are issues that you will encounter at one point. Besides understanding your camera and lighting settings, investing in quality photo editing software is also crucial. They always come in handy.