Pointing more clearly!
My last blog was about the compromises we are faced with in photography. In this blog I want to continue with this theme and expand on how we can exploit the constraints to ensure that we make successful images – by pointing more clearly.
In photographing Brunswick Accordion Band in their recording session for a new CD I was faced with the prospect of shooting at f2 and the shallow depth of field which that produces. How then do we exploit this constraint to our advantage.
I used three simple techniques. The shallow depth of field to eliminate background detail so that the viewer concentrates on the key subject, the following image illustrates this very well.
The second technique is to use focus to draw the eye to that part of the frame that you want the viewer to be drawn to. The other areas of the screen are out of focus, although sufficient to allow you to make sense of the overall context, as in this example below. I also like the line from the point of focus to the top left hand corner, effectively leading the eye across the image. There is a sense of depth to the image.
The third technique is to use brightness. Generally there are two element in a photograph which naturally draw the eye, one is sharp focus and the second is brightness. The following image uses both to draw your eye to the area intended. This is a powerful tool to employ as in this example. There is obviously a connection here, some comment was made and I caught the reaction to it!
By using blur, focus and light you can point more clearly!
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