"Isolation is all about simplifying......so the most important elements have the best shot at pulling your eye." (David Duchemin - The Visual Toolbox).
Whether it's through the type of lens you use, your proximity to the subject, your point/angle of view, how much or how little light you use on your subject, isolating takes the viewer immediately to the piece of the photo equation you want them to see.
Look at this photo of Luke, below, and what is the first thing you see?
Hopefully, you are drawn to Luke's eye and his ears. Both tell the story here. I cropped this photo down so you would focus in on Luke's head. With too many other elements, the story might get lost. So a very simple image. Not many colors, not many items. Personally, these are my favorite types of images.
Even though I have minimized the image here, you can see how your eye is drawn to the story. To me, this image is perfect.
One of the other techniques I like to use to isolate an image is to tone down the background, and use darkness and light to move the eye to the point of the photo. If you think of every image as having to tell a story, then I think isolation becomes easier.
There IS a time and place for clutter in an image if that is the story you need to tell, but learning to isolate is a technique and tool that will make your work better and more interesting.
Below is another image I took as part of this week's chapter lesson.
Start with Jodie Pholi Images, and work your way back here to complete the blog circle. Enjoy!