Adding depth to landscape photographs is a particularly useful way to make more engaging photographs. We live in a 3D world but we work in a 2D medium. Photography lets us tell stories with our cameras but sometimes, it’s nearly impossible for the camera to really help us capture what we see with our own two eyes. One way to help solve that problem is to add the appearance of depth to your landscape shots.
This can be accomplished in several ways. Everything from shooting in portrait mode verses horizontal mode, selecting a wide angle lens when the subject/camera distance is great all the way to using the old fashioned rule of thirds – all these can help. And I’ve used many of these techniques in the photo illustrating this post. But the simplest way to add depth to a photograph is to add areas of interest in the foreground, middle and background.
This creates the illusion of layering (sometimes called overlapping.) The eye comfortably moves from layer to layer exploring different parts of the image. This creates a feeling of depth. That depth is something that you sometimes can’t put your finger on, but chances are it’s one of things that strikes you about certain images that you enjoy more than others.
Let’s look more closely at this image I made recently at Reflection Lakes on Mt. Rainier. In the foreground, the last of the summer flowers hang on to anchor the bottom of the image and to add some color. As we move deeper into the image the clump of grass bottom left adds a slight point of interest leading to some reeds floating in the lake and through the reflection of the volcano from about one third to one half of the way through the scene…..
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