Layers Deep


Layers DeepLayers Deep

How do you create deep , rich photos? As Sam Abell  says, it’s best to COMPOSE AND WAIT. Start with the background and add the foreground just as you would do a painting. Create layers to show depth. Composition skills such as overlapping, size and proportion, and leading lines all give the sense of distance and depth. To make things interesting and enhance the point of your photos, use your camera’s aperture settings to create various depths of field. Go deep with a deep depth of field or capture a part of the image in focus with shallow depth of field, highlighting your point of interest.

The Challenge”]Capture Distance and Depth using different Aperture (f-Stop) settings on your lens. Compose an image that shows distance with multiple, sharp layers or depth with shallow focus.

There are two ways to do this assignment:

  • Show DISTANCE by Layering with DEEP Depth of Field: Use a SMALL Aperture (high F-stop) to create multiple layers of sharp focus from foreground to background. (TIP: Use leading lines, perspective or overlapping to create distance.) Make it DEEP.
  • Show DEPTH by Selective Focus with SHALLOW Depth of Field: Use a LARGE Aperture (low F-stop) to blur the foreground and/or background leaving the focus on your point of interest.

Either way, show lots of layers from foreground to background.

Skills with Aperture (F-Stop) and Aperture Priority Mode. Creating a rich, deep and detailed image using layers or selective focus. Proper composition rules.

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