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In this episode of CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY, host Daniel Sigg will talk about creating depth in our images.
First of all, sometimes we do not want to create depth, but often depth does create stronger images that emotionally connect more with the viewer.
Often, these strategies can be combined. For example, we could create selective focus in an image with foreground, middle-ground and background.
Depth through perspective / point of view / leading/converging lines
The perspective of any photograph is that of the photographer (or to be more precise of the lens and how the lens and sensor/film is relative to the image).
The geometry in a photograph depends on that angle and position.
As you are moving around, you create the angles, lines and shapes that are created of objects you are photographing.
A typical example of creating and of exaggerating such depth through perspective is through leading lines, for example of streets or train tracks or fences or other lines.
A wide angle lens can exacerbate that effect.
Other examples are alleys with trees, or also lines created by outsides or insides of buildings.
Images below by Daniel Sigg unless indicated otherwise.
This image also uses selective focus to further exaggerate the depth created by the leading lines
Use foreground / middle ground / background
Create layers / photograph through something
Image by Gary Arndt
Selective focus / narrow depth of field
Here selective focus, sort of a layering (of the foreground) and use of foreground/middle-ground and background further creates depth
Use of wider angle lenses (wider than 50mm full-frame equivalent) to exaggerate the perception of depth. Longer lenses tend to compress foreground and background.
Light and shadows
Color contrast but also brightness contrast (in B&W)
Strong color contrast in combination with selective focus and use of strong highlights creates depth in this image
“Great photography is about depth of feeling, and not depth of field” (Peter Adams)
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