Friday, November 13th, 2009

Digital Photography Technique – Layering

Layering a photograph is a great digital photography technique. It creates visual complexity and when combined with effective composition, it helps to lead your viewers eye to your main subject while maintaining visual interest.

Here’s a few techniques:

Look to place items such as plants, other people even parts of your main subjects body like their hands.

In the photo with the boy holding his hand, his hand leads you straight to the subject’s eyes. This is a great example of how the technique helps to lead the viewer’s eyes to the subject.

The photo of the boy looking through the bars at a playground helps to illustrate utilizing whatever is in the environment to create visual complexity. The pattern of the red bars leads the viewers eye right to the boy’s face.

Our image of the little girl smelling the flower uses a plant in a backyard to create multiple layers for the viewers. Because of the use of shallow depth of field, that also creates more visual layers that leads to the in focus area where our main subject is. Enjoy!

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November 16, 2009

So excited to find your website so I can hopefully learn to better use my camera! If my pictures are half as beautiful as yours I will be THRILLED! Looking forward to checking out your book!

November 16, 2009
Michael Kitada

@Diana I’m so excited about the possibilities for teaching and reaching out to a lot of people about my experiences in photography. This is such a great way to communicate my knowledge. Thanks for looking!

November 16, 2009

Wow, I am amazed and it’s so easy to understand. Thanks for the tips and advice.

April 12, 2010

I want to start my first site, what cms do you use and recommend for me ?

April 13, 2010
Michael Kitada

Hi and Thanks for visiting. A friend did my site, so I’m a bit at a loss to recommend anything specific. Word press is great so I’m sure anything you do should be fine.

November 14, 2010

I’m glad, that i found your website, there are a couple of cool articles

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