Chris Marquardt: Layers

Episode 1763 (1:08:42)

Chris Marquardt

Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about using layers in photography. Layers make depth. So if you consider foreground, middle, and background as layers, you can create depth in your photo composition, making your photographs more interesting. Lenses can also make a difference. Layers in telephoto will look differently than layers with a wide-angle. Wider apertures flatten out the layers, while smaller apertures can create bokeh (out of focus background): depth of field. The photographer can also lead the eye with focus to be sharper and in focus, while the background and foreground are not. You can also use forced perspective to play with sizes in the foreground and background. 

Moving the camera up or down can also alter the foreground and background, especially when using reflections. A reflection can be in the foreground and in focus, while the background is out of focus - the same subject, from different layers.


Our next photo assignment is - VINTAGE (this time with two conditions: no people, no sweaters). Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "VINTAGE and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGVINTAGE" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!


And don't forget to check out Chris' new one on one photography workshop Photo Sensei.