Using the Landscape Fully

In a portrait photography session I enjoy looking behind the subject. Apart from the internal dialogue between the subject and photographer there is also a language of landscape. Lighting, subtle shapes, and content arise organically from the landscape and offer the photographer a chance to incorporate their elements into the frame. Mindfully observing the potential, one can begin to mold the relationship between the subject and the landscape in a dynamic way. The goal being to capture the highest potential relationship between the two.

Rather than opting to manipulate the subject, one can craft the landscape to amplify the delivery of the subject. Using angles, contrast, framing, reflection, and space one can create a frame where the subject emerges from the landscape symbiotically or ironically without the need for direction or posing. The use of landscape in itself allows the subject to pop.

Photo of Lillah Schwartz demonstrates framing technique.

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