Exercise 4.5 Layers

Brief:- Most imagery contains layers of some kind: subject and background, f/g m/g and b/g, for example. In this exercise you’ll experiment with ways of making layered imagery in your camera. In the following exercise, you’ll experiment with using image layers in Photoshop. Look out of a window from inside and make a photograph that includes all three of these elements:

  • foreground detail in front of the window
  • a reflection of something otherwise unseen in the window
  • background environment on the other side of the window.

Consider the light carefully. If there’s a dark area on the other side of the window, it will help the window act as a mirror for an illuminated object inside. It may be best to shoot in the evening or at night to achieve this, but then you’ll have to consider the balance of exposures between the inside and the outside environments.

Having fun exploring layers

Guess who followed the brief fully and completely? I have had so much fun with this exercise. I took all of the photography whilst I was on holiday in London, and tried to find situations where there were multiple layers within the frame. Here are a few of my favourites. These have been through Lightroom for re-sizing and auto-colour neutral only.

Exercise 4.5 LayersOne of the most pleasing aesthetically for me, and additional layers are created by the multiple frames from within the shop.

Exercise 4.5 LayersThe reflection in the window that I am looking out of, a secondary one in the other coach’s windows, and them the layers through the bus station into the car park beyond.

Exercise 4.5 LayersThis one plays tricks with my mind. What exactly am I looking at? Whats outside and whats a reflection from the inside of the bus?

Exercise 4.5 LayersThe repeated reflection, and difference between mirrored reflection and glass reflection is appealing to me, along with the colours.

Exercise 4.5 LayersThe glass cover of the escalator provides a view through to an indoor shopping centre, which is all glass. But what really makes this are the reflections of St Paul’s Cathedral. The dome is enlarged at the bottom of the frame, with a smaller reflection which shows more of the tower in the top of the frame.

Exercise 4.5 LayersEek – Confusing

Here are a few others

18 Replies to “Exercise 4.5 Layers”

  1. i love reading your photography assignments and learning more about the structure of creating a great shot. it’s fascination and until i encountered this blog, not something i gave much thought to. thank you for expanding my horizons. also, really loved the shot of the child on the bus.

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  2. Exciting images to look at Richard. Enjoyed some of them in Instagram and they look really good here on bigger screen. The one with the mirror and glass reflection remains my favourite.👏

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