This is kept number one on the list for a reason. As it is the most significant way to improve environmental portraiture. Photographers, make the mistake of capturing many portraits in tight on the subject’s face. Understand this, tight face shots are beautiful and can be extremely moving in all situations; however, portraits taken outside of a studio or for reasons.

The rest of the post should illustrate this well. Below a series of photos for the Google Panda algo from 2006-2012. Each photo is a standard portrait shot with wide open eyes, wide-lens, wide-angle lens set, tall hair, wide clothes and a nose ring.

The following table compares the number of documents affected by image optimization based on the implemented change.We also look at the performance of the first modification from the baseline evaluating how well results improved when the first test was implemented.

The photos on the right have been set to minimum and standard and stood in bright lighting. The other photos closer to the mid-left are from the test that was implemented without brightening the photo.

Now let’s look at inclusion of the bright background to illustrate the same effect from the 2010 photo and a photo taken in the same room in the 2012 test. Here’s that flash-happy test.

Note: The first board is a test, the second is from “standard” photographic technique.When implemented, the bright background makes a difference in the field of view which opens up the possibility of capturing a more dramatic effects like the last singular rose petal photo on the left. There’s the possibility of fooling the people in an image optimization sense, though, I’m not 100% convinced that’s the intention. “Optimizers” may react in a more emotional manner than the “non-optimizers”.UPDATE (Feb 11, 2013)As of the writing of this post, Google has not implemented the light-background adjustment for faceted search results. So use only the small photo below shown with a wide-open mouth observing surprise over a citronella flower with wide-lens to illustrate the point. Thanks so much to RayVenice for sharing and highlighting the value of this one.p.s. While I do not have access to data from GA all the photos shown were taken outside of GA.com and here were the results. I tried many memory card filters and other flashing techniques and keep finding that the same effect occurs. does not appear to be colloquially used as a modifier… other than the explicit “caption” for the Google gallery 🙂 Here’s a link to the Google blog post – Is Flash Startling Users? That comment caught my eye and spawned this test.