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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 – Proper Use Will Define Your Subject


Photo by Toby Harriman


Part II

Now let’s see some great examples of typical figure ground relationship (FGR)….light figure on a dark background, or dark figure on a light background. The form of the figure plays a role in it as well. We will cover silhouettes below, but for now take a look at the image below by Sarah Lee . She waited for the limbs of the swimmer to be spread apart, giving the viewer a clear definition of her subject. If the limbs were together we might not be able to tell if it was a female, male, or even a fish. This is called aspective view, and we’ll cover that on another day.

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Figure Ground Relationship in Photography and Painting