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    #503 Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! I appreciate all of the amazing support! We’re going to be looking at depth of field and how your f/stop can help or hinder your storytelling. This article is great for beginners or professionals because it’s widely being taught that bokeh is a necessity, rather than […]

Figure Ground Relationship in Photography and Painting


This is a photo I took up near Makapuu Lighthouse in Hawaii while filming this. Rabbit Island is in the distance and I’m using FGR to frame everything…including the little piece of island on the right which fits in the foreground notch. The arabesque in the cloud helps create movement as it echoes the shape of the foreground rocks


Part I

Figure Ground Relationship (Gestalt Psychology principle) is a clear distinction between figure (subject) and ground (background). A light figure on a dark background, or a dark figure on a light background….that’s the clearest possible way to define your subject, and that’s what you should strive for.


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