Sunday, March 26, 2017

Picture Practice - Depth

Day 26 - Depth

Well, when I set up these prompts, I didn't really realize how much we would have already talked about Depth and how several of the techniques we've practiced enhance the illusion of depth in such great way. But, let's go on and study it a bit more. Creating a dramatic sense of depth can take a two-dimensional image and give it a real three-dimensional feel.  We've already talked about using leading lines, diagonal lines and framing to enhance the sense of depth, but there are a couple more ways to achieve it.

**Layering - Overlapping objects help the viewer to recreate the three-dimensional scene in their mind. This allows them to become a part of the photo, as if they are seeing it firsthand. Of course, the Smoky Mountains provide a great example of layering! Layering is most effective when there is a noticeable difference in the color and/or texture of the layers.
In this next photo, the layering is provided by both the mountains and the clouds. Even the reflections in the water seem to provide some depth.
**Include a foreground object - We talked about this a bit in the Landscape lesson, but here it is emphasized again. Not only can a foreground object provide a sense of scale, but it portrays the depth of the image more accurately as well.
 **Shoot in Portrait mode - I am so used to shooting things in landscape/horizontal mode, that I sometimes forget to turn my camera vertically, in portrait mode. Now that Instagram will allow rectangle photos as well as square ones, there are no limits on the shape. Shooting vertically often allows your eyes to narrow their focus side-to-side and see more of the depth of the image. Next time you prepare to take a horizontal shot, double-check to be sure that it would be more interesting in portrait mode.

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