In digital photography for beginners, it’s important to keep things simple if you want instant results. The simpler the background is, the easier it is to create a focused shot that gives the main subject the most importance.
You don’t have to worry about colours, because the background is plain! You don’t have to worry about textures, because the background is blank! You don’t have to worry about depth because the background is flat! All you need to do is focus on the subject and you should be good to go!
Most people taking up digital photography, especially beginners, might find themselves trying to take pictures indoors, where the light isn’t as bright. To compensate for low light, they tend to employ the camera’s flash, which is a serious mistake. The problem with flash is that the light is too bright and can, if the subject is close enough, hide all the textures and layers under the blinding glaze of the flash light.
The ideal way to take pictures indoors is to remove the flash and push the ISO or film speed up to between 800 and 1600. This will allow more light to pass through your camera’s shutter and, therefore, let more light reach the sensor. The wider the aperture is, the more blurred the background will be and the sharper your subject will appear. Add a tripod to your system and you have the perfect way to avoid Image Stabilisation (IS).