Photography is a two-dimensional medium and it is photographers’ constant strife to add a sense of depth in their photographic works to create the perceived three-dimensionality. In answering this week’s weekly photo challenge with the theme depth, let me share some techniques or composition guide in creating a sense of depth in photography that can add the perceived three-dimensionality to an otherwise two-dimensional picture.
Among other composition techniques that add a sense of dept in your picture are:
- Lead-in line
- Foreground interest
Below are some pictures as examples.
The protruding sharp-pointed roof structure which forms part of the Malaysia’s National Mosque building acts as a lead-in line to lead the viewer’s eyes to its main structure in the background which are the blue roof and its imposing minaret. The lead-in line also creates a sense of depth and three-dimensionality in the picture.
Obviously the yellow line on the road in the picture above serves as a lead-in line to direct the viewers’ attention to the heritage building at the background which is the Old General Post-Office of Kuala Lumpur besides adding depth to the picture.
The small roads in between the tea crops in the tea plantations of Cameron Valley in Cameron Highlands above form what we call the S-curves that gently make your eyes follow the roads into the “deeper” part of the photo so to speak.
The curves in the drawing on the floor lead our eyes to the subject, the leaning tower of Teluk Intan.
Framing is another effective method in creating depth in a picture as proven by the picture above. Besides framing, the curve in the steps also lead your eyes deeper into the picture converging towards to the main subject, The Putra Mosque.
Framing adds a sense of depth and directs a viewer’s eyes to the main subject.
Buckets of strawberries at the foreground not only add depth to the picture but also direct the viewers’ eyes to the subject, a man selling fresh strawberries in Cameron Highlands.
The foreground is the closer look of a hot air balloon in comparison to the further hot air balloon in the background which appears smaller thus it creates depth in the picture.
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