05 BACK to front

Start with the big­gest thing first: find your back­ground, then look for the rest

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It is of­ten the sim­plest ideas that help the most, and one of the ideas that I al­ways use in my own shoot­ing is think­ing in terms of back­ground and fore­ground.

The idea is sim­ple. Find a great back­ground first, and then find a great fore­ground to go with it. A great back­ground is any­thing that has a good fo­cal point and a dra­matic look. A great moun­tain range like the Grand Te­tons is a good ex­am­ple. Af­ter you have lo­cated your back­ground, start look­ing for a fore­ground that works well with it. A fore­ground can be any­thing that looks in­ter­est­ing and prefer­ably leads the eye into the scene. Flow­ers, re­flected ponds, logs, old build­ings, rock for­ma­tions or any­thing that catches your eye all make good fore­grounds.

Al­though this idea is very sim­ple, it re­ally gives me a sense of what I am look­ing for, and helps to start set­ting up the over­all de­sign of an im­age. The way these two el­e­ments are ar­ranged and placed within the frame helps de­fine how ef­fec­tive the im­age is and ef­fects eye move­ment, sim­plic­ity, bal­ance and point of in­ter­est – all ideas that we will dis­cuss next.

EX­PO­SURE 0.5 sec, f/13, ISO100 LENS Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

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