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Part 1. Locations > 6. Depth

6. Depth

DEPTH IS DEFINED as the distance in front of and behind your subject(s). The opposite of depth would be positioning your subject directly in front of a wall. You can use depth to achieve a plethora of looks and moods. Some photographers define their entire style with the use of depth, and others with the complete lack of it.

When you are photographing on location, you have two main choices. The first is to find a colorful or interesting wall and position your subject in front of it. The second option is to break away from walls and use an open space. This chapter will give you tools to harness the beauty and impact that depth brings to a photograph.

I have found that many photographers are skeptical about venturing into an open space. I can see why. You leave the comfort of a shady, colorful wall for an open area with all sorts of things happening in the background. The sun may be hitting your subjects in the wrong areas, causing shadows under their eyes, for example. But such challenges have solutions. This chapter will address some of the most important challenges and show you how to solve them.


  

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