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Focal Point part 2

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Exploring ways to create Focal Point in your picture

In Part 1 we defined focal point and discussed why it is a key ingredient for dynamic eye-catching images. In Part 2 let’s jump right in and take a look at some ways to incorporate focal point for more compelling images.

Isolation

One of the best way to create visual focal points is to isolate your subject. The rain drop in this picture is a great example.

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By using Depth Of Field, you can isolate the main subject from the rest of the scene to have a focal point.

I could have included other rain drops or background elements, but I chose to keep it simple. Nothing else in the image is taking your attention away from the rain drop. It’s completely uncluttered.

It also really helps when your subject is a different colour than the background. In this photo the main subject is completely obvious since its colour is totally different from the background.

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Differences in colour and contrast can be used to isolate the main subject

Certain backgrounds are easier to work with. A blue sky is a definite go-to for creating focal point because it is a single colour and nothing else.

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Using sky as a simple background can draw more attention to subject

A dense bush might not be such a good choice because it’s a dark and complicated mix of colours. Whatever you are photographing will need to be very bright and colourful in order for it to stand out against such a background.

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A sample of busy and cluttered background

That is all for now. Stay tuned for more tips as we continue this series on focal point.

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Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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