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An area in an image closer than the main subject.
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Photography Basics: Avoiding Bad Foregrounds
We spend so much time talking about avoiding bad backgrounds, but have you ever given thought to the foreground you're using? I'm talking about the stuff in front of your subject.

No Foreground Needed
Figure 7: No Foreground Needed
If a foreground does not contribute to an image, it detracts from it. Figure 7 is a case in point. The area in front of this waterfall consisted of a small lake.

The foreground, what foreground?
When photographers talk about the foreground they are referring to the smaller parts of a photo that are often overlooked.

When the problem foreground object is something like a wire fence, it is often possible to get the camera close enough that the wire can be thrown so far out of focus it becomes invisible.

Most photos have two dimensions, the foreground and background. The most common forgotten dimension in photography is middle ground. It is so easy to capture an image of a subject against a wall, sky, or a tree, but an entire dimension is lost.

Likewise, exaggerated foreground areas also provide perspective and the illusion of being in the scene and looking or even moving toward the subject.

A strong, sharply focused subject in your landscape foreground photographed at a low angle can bring the viewer more actively into your image and provide a very different perspective of looking at grand scenics.

Join Bryan on location in Dubai where he discusses how to use a wide angle lens to capture foreground and background using a wide angle lens. Watch as Bryan uses his unique artistic touch to help his students make interesting photographs.

Foreground Elements
Recently, I spent a day exploring local waterfalls. Environments like these are perfect for use of a wide angle lens.

Foreground. The part of the scene or space in a photograph that appears closest to the camera or nearest the viewer.
Front light.See Lighting.

Foreground: Normally, avoid distracting elements such as stray vegetation appearing in front of your subject; even though this can sometimes be 'cloned out' in post-production, it's always better to avoid this in the first place if possible.

FOREGROUND - The area of a scene that is closer than the subject.
FORMAT - The shape and size of a thing - used in photography principally in reference to small, ...

Foreground - part of the scene nearest the camera
Contrast - difference between tones in a scene
Camera - angle point of view in which the subject is photographed ...

Foreground Subjects with Fireworks
Now, there's an additional step to consider that can take your fireworks photos out of the ordinary and make them extra-special. The burst of a skyrocket, by itself, is pretty.

(1) In multiprocessing systems, the process that is currently accepting input from the keyboard or other input device is sometimes called the foreground process.

The area between the camera and the principal subject.
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Dark foregrounds help hold the eye within the Frame and increase the illusion of Depth. Bright foreground objects, especially out-of-focus or moving ones, can be distracting.

Foreground stuff looks fine but background stuff is tinged yellow-orange.
You probably used flash under tungsten lights with daylight-balanced film. The light from flash units is designed to be the same approximate colour temperature as sunlight.

-Foreground - area in an image closer than the main subject.
-Format - size of negative paper or camera viewing area.

Foregrounds add depth, and the best add punch, too. Providing a point of reference, they can simplify chaotic scenes. At this placid pool of water during a fiery sunrise, I backed up to incorporate the curving shoreline.

Foreground elements are often in the shade, while backgrounds are often brightly lit. Such scenes challenge all cameras and we may be tempted to try HDR to handle this much dynamic range, but HDR can look over-processed.

The foreground is underexposed but the sky is correct
The camera's automatic metering set the aperture to f/10 and shutter speed to 1/250 second which recorded the sky correctly as a light blue with bright white clouds.

Look for foreground objects in sunlight standing out against a shadowed background or vice versa. A tall mountain with an adjacent valley can provide this, as will staggered cliff faces.

EMPHASIZE FOREGROUND: When I photograph the landscape, my eye is constantly on the lookout for ways to make a foreground, middle ground and background come together. More often than not, this means including as little sky as possible.

Selecting Foreground and Background Colors ...134
Using Brushes and Pencils ...137
Specifying Tool Options ...139
Erasing ...143
Retouching Images ...145
Filling and Stroking Selections and Layers ...149
Using the Gradient Tool ...151
Drawing Shapes .

To see why foreground subject matter is so important, this can be illustrated by looking at what happens for two adjacent, overlapping photos which comprise a panorama. The two pink pillars below represent the background and foreground subjects.

Control the Foreground
In dirty water, a busy foreground is your friend.

Improving your Foregrounds - Three Principles
If you want to add to the WOW! factor in your landscape photographs - read this
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Set your Background color in the Tools Palette to black and the Foreground color to your desired hue, or set each to a different non-black color. Then create a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer on top of your image.

Think about the foreground. For example, its often a good idea to have an interesting object such as a tree branch or rock at the very front of the photograph to help balance the overall picture and help give the scene a feeling of depth.

If I see a good foreground subject, sometimes I’ll wait until something interesting swims by I can use as a good background.
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