Isolating the Subject is the Trick to Capturing Eye-Catching Photos

Did your well-composed photos earn the appreciation of fellow photographers? You might have experimented with Rule of Thirds, Centred Composition, Leading Lines, Fill the Frame, Pattern & Texture, Rule of Odds, Colour Theory, Frame within a Frame, Simplicity & Minimalism, Rule of Space & Left to Right Rule. Now, let’s understand Isolate the Subject Composition.

How to Use Isolate the Subject

First of all, when should you Isolate the Subject? Well, when you intend to focus all the attention of the viewer to your subject.

Check out the below picture of Hot Chocolate…tantalising, isn’t it?

Isolate the Subject

  • A wide Aperture of f4.5 was used to blur the background
  • Zoom lens of 34 mm was used
  • Both of the above isolated the subject (Hot Chocolate) which in turn help us to focus on the subject.

The below photograph was taken on a Diwali night!

Isolate the Subject

  • A wide Aperture of f5.6, Shutter Speed of 1/40 sec, ISO of 3200 were used
  • Zoom lens of 55 mm was used
  • The background is pitch-dark which instantly draws your eyes towards the earthen lamps

Take a look at the below photograph of a Grey Bush Chat in Binsar, Uttarakhand.

Isolate the Subject

Here’s a picture of a Coppersmith Barbet…

Isolate the Subject

And a snap of a Seashell taken at Ladghar Beach

Isolate the Subject

  • In all of the above 3 pics, wide Aperture was used
  • The blurred background is less distracting
  • The above two resulted in Shallow Depth of Field which makes the subject stand out in the photograph


  • Go for a plain & uncluttered background
  • If the background is cluttered or contains unimportant things, if possible, physically move things out of the shot.
  • Keep your subject in focus & blur the background by using wide aperture
  • Move closer to the subject or use a zoom lens

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to Jo.

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Isolate the Subject with the help of practical examples.

Isolate the Subject