A lot of things in photography take time to master, but not this one. This one is simple and you can start implementing it in your photography TODAY.
I am talking about LAYERING
Layering is creating an image that has a foreground, the subject, and the background. Three layers.
- You can combine the three layers to tell a story
- It creates the illusion of a three dimensional photo (adds depth to your image)
- It creates a more interesting photo.
HOW TO CREATE LAYERING IN YOUR IMAGES
- SHOOTING OVER THE SHOULDER
- NATURAL ELEMENTS: WATER, ROCKS, GREENERY, TALL GRASS
- ARCHITECTURE (THROUGH A FENCE, THROUGH A WINDOW, BEHIND A COLUMN, ETC)
- USING A VEIL OR SOMETHING TO LAYER IN FRONT OF YOUR LENS
- HOLDING SOMETHING IN FRONT OF THE LENS TO ADD DEPTH (SHOWN ABOVE IN THE MIDDLE PHOTO)
Sometimes you have to be creative to find things to layer with, but that's all part of the fun!
"Peeking in on a moment"
I also love layering, because it gives the illusion that you are peeking in on a moment.
It's as if the subjects don't even know the photographer is there.
Often when I implement layering, I have the subject look away from the camera. This helps create the narrative of me being lucky enough to stumble upon the moment happening, instead of it being staged.
I love the way that photography can tell a story in this way.
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