Depth in composition (2 replies and 6 comments)
Hello James, Roger and forum.
How would one find/induce depth and perspective notably in exterior and landscape ?
I am an illustrator and i have troubles with this, i generally end up having to resort to the atmospheric perspective (cheap) trick to separate different plans.
Besides atmospheric depth, you can introduce depth with visual cues like foreground objects, or by variations in shadow and light (foreground area in darkness, midground in light, etc.). And of course, in moving images, you can introduce depth and perspective shifts with camera movement.
Keep in mind that sometimes flatness is a valid graphic approach to an image rather than depth. I shot this image the other day because I liked the flat planes of shapes:
There is an old basic tutorial that has a nice part specifically on composition depth (foreground and diagonals) (21:27) https://youtu.be/73RlK81Epqo».
I used to be part of a team that made films like this. Except we made training films for Pilots and aircraft engineers. I excelled at animation and made engine components come ‘alive’ as complete and working. Fun to do but very hard work. VO’s were done by senior staff but eventually done by actors using channel 9 TV facilities Melbourne.
Boeing /Lockheed and Vickers also sent unfinished films over and we inserted segments to complete. It was an industry in itself. We also made Air hostess training films, now that was fun!