Monday, March 15, 2010

Composition part 10: create depth

The tenth (and probably last) in a series on basic composition rules to further enhance the quality of your photographs if you are not aware of them yet - the first one, dealing with the rule of thirds, can be found here, the second one, dealing with the background choice, can be found here, the third one, dealing with framing within the frame, can be found here, the fourth one, dealing with leading lines, can be found here, the fifth one, dealing with viewpoint can be found here, the sixth one, dealing with cropping, can be found here, the seventh one, dealing with especially shaped crops, can be found here, the eighth one, dealing with balancing elements, can be found here, the ninth one, dealing with symmetry and patterns, can be found here. I am using an article on the site Amateur Snapper as a guideline here, but providing examples from my own stream. This shot (Off the top of my head) illustrates the idea behind the compositional tool of creating depth - I had problems finding a suitable example in my stream, clearly, this is a tool I need to work on more. Transforming the 2D image of a photograph into a 3D scene in our mind can be helped by including objects in the foreground, middle ground and background. Here, the sculpture upfront and the painting in the back create a sense of depth that a shot of just one of these would not have had - whilst the open door in the back helps as well . Note also that the lines of thirds are applied for the positioning of the two art pieces, and that the sculptures legs double up as leading lines.