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Tip 22: Give Images Depth
Photographers, in a way, are magicians—creating the illusion of three dimensions with only two. Unless flat is the vibe you’re after, you’ll want to use your powers to create a sense of depth.
ZONE THE ACTION For environmental shots, try to include a visual element in the foreground, middle ground, and background. The viewer’s eye will hop between these elements, leading him or her deeper into the image.
SHOOT IN PORTRAIT Photographs in a landscape orientation tend to emphasize elements that are the same distance away, while the portrait orientation naturally invites the eye from the foreground all the way through to the background.
GET LOW If you position your camera close to the ground and shoot up at an angle, you’ll make objects appear to get smaller as they recede into the background behind your subject, exaggerating your image’s sense of depth and dimension.