Avoid soft foregrounds

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Article Excerpt: “When foreground elements are soft, they become visually annoying. In nature, we want to see and appreciate all of the beautiful detail and texture in the subject. When the part of the composition that is closest to the camera, and therefore very prominent, is out of focus, our eye keeps going there in the hope of seeing sharp detail. However, it can’t bring that part of the image into focus. The blurred portion of the image keeps tugging at our attention instead of allowing us to enjoy the rest of the frame. It is best in these circumstances to use more depth of field. Soft backgrounds are ideal in many cases, but soft foregrounds should usually be avoided. If you want to include out-of-focus foreground elements, they need to be so out of focus that they are no longer recognizable. Make them just a blur of color.”~Jim Zuckerman from his article Composition: Foregrounds

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4 responses

  1. Great tip 🙂

    February 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Hannah!

      February 7, 2013 at 1:14 am

  2. I understand, and agree, and know of exceptions where it has worked fantasticly to break the rules.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    • Junsjazz

      We always have the choice to break the rules where we see fit. Thanks Jane!

      February 7, 2013 at 1:15 am

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