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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


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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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Figure Ground Relationship – Proper Use Will Define Your Subject