Near and far

The purpose of this exercise is to make use of the knowledge gained with regards to depth of field and to photograph a figure in an environment combining portrait with landscape and emphasising the sense of space.

To meet the exercises objective a series of full-length and head-and-shoulders portraits need to be taken using a foreground figure or face in front of a background plus a foreground space with a figure in the distance with both areas in focus.

The figure needs to be placed in the edges and corners of the frame as well as in the centre and on the four points of the ‘golden section’.


For this exercise I roped in my friend Matt as my model. We’ve been talking about me taking photos of him for a while so this was a good chance to do that.

We met up at Stourhead House and Gardens. Unfortunately Matt was limited with the time he had available due last minute work committments so I took photos of him as we made our way around the gardens using a two mile route. The gardens would provide plenty of interesting backdrops for shots, especially as we walked around the lake.

Wanting to maximise the Depth of Field for my shots I set the camera to an aperture of f.25 / f.28 using my 18-55mm lens.

Of the photographs I took a number of them didn’t work because part of the image wasn’t in focus or Matt was moving, resulting in blurring of hands, arms or legs, which was an interesting effect but something I found distracting for this particular exercise.

I also rejected a number of images where Matt was to one side or the other of the photo but was looking towards the same side of the frame as he located.

Images were processed in Lightroom to make adjustments to exposure as well as the Tone Curve.

The results of the exercise can be found in the slideshow below along with a selection of the images.


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