Challenge three:

far away

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I'll be the first to admit it - I love to fill the frame with my subject! But I also enjoy the storytelling opportunities that present themselves when I widen out my perspective and include more environment with my subject.


I think partly why I find this type composition more challenging is that there are more elements to compose properly. You need to find balance and keep the clutter to a minimum.


Each element in a photograph has visual weight. You can use visual weight to lead the viewer's eye to your subject. This weight can come from size, contrast, color, focus, isolation, and the list goes on. Here's a neat presentation I found that does a good job explaining visual weight in photography.


When you create your photo for this challenge, I want you to ask yourself these questions:

  1. How can I arrange the visual weight of the elements of this scene so that they draw the eye to a single subject?
  2. How can I use elements in this scene to balance my subject?
  3. What is in this scene that doesn't contribute to the story I'm telling and how can I eliminate it?

To learn more about, check out these links:

Improving Your Landscape Photography by Adding a Subject into the Picture

How To Achieve Visual Balance In Your Photography



“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

—Matt Hardy


Once you have your image ready to upload, you have 24 hours from now to head over to the Challenge Facebook page and upload ONE IMAGE to the Challenge 3: Far Away Album.


And remember, while you're there, leave an encouraging comment about several other images in the photo album!


Happy creating!


ps. If your share your photo on social media, use the tag #riseupphotochallenge!