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The Traveling Photographer by Sandra Petrowitz

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5 The Benefits of a Foreground

On the Search for the Third Dimension

There’s a German saying about photography that literally translates into “Foreground makes a picture sound.” It’s sort of a buzzword but fairly easy to remember, and there’s more than just a grain of truth to it. Anyone who’s seen a successful landscape photo has probably noticed that the photographer placed an emphasis on the foreground of his or her image. You would do well to do the same. Strive to find appropriate foregrounds for your images, even when you’re not into landscapes. Your pictures can only benefit from this effort, especially in terms of depth.

One of the fundamental challenges of photography is mapping the three-dimensionality of a subject onto the two-dimensional ...

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