Exercise 2.3 Depth: foreground, mid-ground, background

Take three pictures from your ‘People and activity’ project.

Identify your subject in each photo and draw a thick line around it either on a print or in Photoshop. Identify the subject, the foreground (f/g), mid-ground (m/g) and (b/g) background elements in the photos and draw lines around them.

• Foreground is usually within a few metres of the photographer.

• Mid-ground is in between a distinct f/g and b/g. Some photos don’t have a middle- ground, like Blossfeldt’s studies.

• Backgrounds can be anything from distant buildings to the sky or just a white backdrop. This exercise forces you to identify these key elements so you will be more conscious of them next time you are composing a photo.



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