All Styles of Wooden Fences: Definitely Not a Barrier to Creativity

by Kerry Drager

Fence at Sunset
Fence at Sunset
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All Styles of Wooden Fences Provide a Surprising Array of Visual Possibilities.

Black and white or in full color, a fence can serve as a photo's star attraction - or it can make an important member of a picture's supporting "cast" of elements.

Besides a variety of compositional and lighting options, fences also make great year-round subjects. Look for them to enhance snow landscapes, spring/summer garden scenes, and fall foliage shots.

Photography Tips and Techniques

- Fill the foreground with your subject (as in Fence at Sunset), or use the rails to frame a distance scene (i.e., Country Church). The key: Zoom in, or move in, really tight on your subject.

- Use a distant fence to add background interest to a grand landscape.

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- Focus on an intimate detail - for example, the texture of peeling paint or the colorful moss on a weathered fence post.

- All styles of wooden fences can serve as striking graphic designs - say, lines, repetitions, patterns, or curves.

In the low-angled sunlight of early or late day, the wood often glows in warm light. At the same time, be on the lookout for long and strong shadows, too.

For ideas and inspiration, stop by BetterPhoto's All Styles of Wood Fences Pictures, Brick Wall Pictures, Gates gallery.

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager
Photography Instructor: Kerry Drager
Kerry Drager is a professional photographer, teacher and writer who is also the co-author of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light. He has taught many photography courses (online and in person), seminars and field workshops.

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Also, he is the author of Scenic Photography 101, the photographer of the photo-essay books The Golden Dream: California from Gold Rush to Statehood and California Desert , a contributor to the books BetterPhoto Basics and Daybreak 2000, and a co-photographer of Portrait of California. In addition, Kerry was profiled in the April 1994 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and in Vik Orenstein's 2010 book The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, and his website was showcased in the January 2003 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Plus, his work has appeared in magazines, Hallmark cards and Sierra Club calendars, and in advertising campaigns for American Express and Sinar Bron Imaging.

Also follow Kerry on Facebook, where he posts photos several times a week that include shooting tips and thoughts.

Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, on California's Central Coast, with their three Newfoundland dogs, four cats, and a mixed terrier.