July’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Space
If you want to see what this month’s assignments are in advance then please click here. All the assignments are available from the menu on the left under the 2020 Photo Challenge / Assignments.
The six visual keys to a great photograph are:
- Depth of field
Being Creative with space. Space is a difficult one to explain in photography. When is it too much? When is it not enough? Generally speaking it refers to the empty or negative space around your subject. Usually sky or water or some bland background.
- If the subject is looking away from the camera leave space for your subject to look into – this creates a sense of mystery.
- The same applies in an active shot where an animal or a bird or a person is moving. This requires space to move into whether running, jumping, walking or flying. Leaving empty space creates a more dynamic scene.
- Empty space can create an air of mystery. A story.
- Create three dimensional space by shooting for a broad range of tones, from bright highlights to dark shadows, and varying shades in between.
This week's assignment - Create a sense of depth by using space in the background and a shallow depth of field (where the background is blurred).
This image of an Agapanthus has been photographed against a background of other flowers with the sun behind me, giving a washed-out background. The photo has been digitally altered by using a soft textured filter which I think creates a painterly effect.
And, given the square proportions I am linking this to the July Squares | Perspective challenge.
If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂
- Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
- Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in August.