When you decide what to focus on, you're essentially choosing the story you plan to tell. Remember that what you exclude is as key to the image as what you choose to capture.

Villagers, Pushkar, India

The backdrop in this picture captures the strong sense of community among the women. The whiteness of the building works to the image's advantage because it accentuates the vibrant colors of the clothing.

Headhunter, Borneo, Indonesia

Keeping the background clean and simple helps to define and accentuate the delicate, yet complex design of the feathered headdress. A profile view best reveals the earrings and cultural signposts of this noble ex-headhunter.