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Composition #5 – Creating Depth

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 20th February 2007

Theory
Depth can be emphasised with good lead-in lines.

Also, make sure there is something of interest in the three areas of your picture:

  • Foreground [rocks]
  • Middle distance [sheep]
  • Background [hills]

It’s those thirds again…

Examples

[Beached Lobster Pot – getting up close to the lobster pot (with a wide-angle lens) made it appear bigger in the frame; the rocks lead through the middle ground to the background hills]

[Heavy Traffic – the huskies in the foreground lead to skiers (middle ground) and hills beyond]

[Twilight Expedition – foreground interest is provided by the figures and dinghy, mid-ground is the tethered boat and more hills in the background]

[My Imaginary Friend – foreground girl is reflected to give some middle-distance interest; the background is not so significant in this shot]

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