Adding dimension to a photograph
The images we view on a computer screen or in a book are two-dimensional. The photos are flat and have no depth. I have difficulty at times capturing the scene on a digital camera as I really experienced it. But you can add some depth to an image by incorporating certain elements. Adding people or wildlife gives the shot some depth and a sense of size. You can also embed leading lines that brings you deeper into the scene. Adding foregrounds and backgrounds produces depth. The following images show what you can do to produce images that jump off the page or computer screen Click on first image to start slideshow.
You have no idea how big this sand dune is until..
You add a person
A hiker going down a trail.
The Narrows at Zion is in a deep canyon but…
A hiker gives some scale
Not sure how big this mountain is but…
This hiker gives you a sense. It’s also wise to have the hiker walking into the scene
Really big wave with the surfer in shot.
The low clouds in the background add some depth.
Shadows also produce depth as does the lonely soul under Delicate Arch
Angling the pier towards the center brings the viewer deeper into the scene.
A dynamic foreground and background provides depth.
Nice colors but nothing special
Reflections add depth.
The bridges lead your eyes to the other side.
Raindrops add dimension
The shadows produce lines that draw you further into the scene
Your eyes will follow the path of this moving rock at Death Valley
This shot looks almost 3D