What makes a good picture be a good picture? Is it the composition? Is it the illumination? Or perhaps the subject matter? Truth is, a combination of all these and more elements can ensure that we get great looking pictures, however the most important factor on determining what makes a great picture is the emotions that it conveys and communicates.
A great tool that can help our pictures convey those emotions that we are looking for is our foreground. A great foreground will give our pictures that extra touch of emotion and will help us connect our cameras with our creative vision. Foregrounds add depth to our image and give them a whole new direction that can take our pictures to the next level. It is important, however to make sure that our foregrounds do not create chaotic or conflicting pictures as the wrong choice of foreground can virtually ruin a good shot. The same rules and benefits apply to backgrounds as well; chaotic backgrounds will give any photographer a headache as they can be extremely distracting and limit our field of depth and a picture’s angles will be affected by a poor choice of foreground or background.
It is not uncommon to see pictures where it would appear that the foregrounds were digitally added to the picture or they are only there to add elements to the pictures. This is why it is very important to learn how to use the depth of field correctly in order to have natural looking pictures that amaze our clients. Keep in mind that photographs are a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional scene, which is why it is vital for the photographer to use the correct angles to produce the perfect depth of field for his pictures.
Remember that the larger an object is, the more difficult it will be to remove that object using depth of field. When the foreground element is something simple like a picket fence then it is easy for the photographer to get the camera close enough to the subject so that the element can be visually removed using focus. However, as the objects and elements become larger and more prominent, it will be more difficult to get the desired effect. Even if the photographer did manage to blur out the element out of the picture, it would still be quite noticeable to the naked eye and virtually ruin the shot.
When picking an angle, keep in mind that you can use angles to deal and get rid of bad foregrounds. If an object cannot be visually eliminated from the picture by the photographer by playing around with the depth of field, then an angle would be the next logical step. Remember that changing the angle is not simply moving a bit to the left or the right, but can also be changed by moving the camera around the subject in any direction; whether it is up and down, tilted, looking down or whatever pleases the eye.