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Welcome to Composition 101

Today I start a series of short quick tips in composition. My plan is to keep them short into the point, but I guarantee by using these techniques your pictures will change dramatically.

Today we start with layers.  Putting depth into your photo.

Simply foreground, middleground, background.  Using these three layers create depth and moves you gently through the photo.

Nicki Painted Here is an example of a single layer photo. Subject.

Add a layer.

Subject and back ground.  Bear Creek 1_10_13-4

The second photo improves the photo. I had cut her off at the side and legs and the final looked a little awkward. The subject emerges abruptly in from the side with nothing to guild you towards her.

But lets add that third layer and see it complete the photo.

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To create this I had Rusty’s owner place him in the middle of this red field.

You see he is surrounded.

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The final image I shoot through the foliage and using it as my foreground and background. Like the two layer image above the legs and body are cut of at the side but the foreground moves you gently towards the subject and up to his intense expression.

Remember these are composition tips, guidelines, not rules. What works in one photo doesn’t work in another.

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