Learn how to incorporate fences into your landscape and cityscape photographs.
Fence at Sunset
© Kerry Drager
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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.
- 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
The content manager and course advisor for BetterPhoto.com, Kerry Drager is also the co-author (with Jim Miotke) of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography (2011) and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light (2012). In addition, he teaches this online photography course at BetterPhoto: Creative Light & Composition.
Be sure to check out Kerry's Pro BetterPholio website - www.kerrydrager.com - and his instructor bio page.
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 see his Visual Creativity photography blog, and follow Kerry on Facebook.
Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, in the country near Sacramento, California, with their six Newfoundland dogs, four cats, two horses, and a mixed terrier.