Using a foreground subject to make your image pop

This week I have 2 questions for you.

Why should you use foreground interest?

And should you use it all the time?


So why should you use it? Picture this –  if you were in a large field, nothing it is in this field just you and your camera. You take a shot. what does this shot look like?

Not so good, now take that same shot of the field, but add in a few hay bails, a few close you, a few further in the distance. Now picture the shot. Better? of course it is, it adds interest to a photo, by having this foreground interest, it draws you into the image, taking you from that foreground, right the way through to whatever it is your shooting in the distance. examples.


This is an image I shot at Bamburgh Castle in the summer, I h=could have easily just shot the castle, but with the poppies out in full bloom I took the opportunity to get tthem into the shot with the Castle in the distance. Now take those poppies away and it just should work.

Another shot, Taken at Dunstinburgh Castle, this time I used an old Buoy to add a pop of colour into the foreground, however, this image ties into the the second question. Should you use it all the time? well in this case there was no real need to add that Buoy into the image as there was enough interest in the foreground with all the rocks, These themselves would have been fine.


You have to make your own judgement, as with most photos, its down to personal choice. Take an image with and without the foreground interest and do a comparison, its over to you now.


Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.



  1. 4th February 2018 / 9:28 am

    Love that first image, the trick is when to use an interest and not trying to force it

    Thank you for linking up

  2. Just like you, I prefer the first photo with the wonderful poppies. Thanks for sharing this tip – I take a lot of photos too but I never consciously put it into practice.

    • 5th February 2018 / 12:24 pm

      No problem at all. Sometimes you do these things without thinking about it

  3. 5th February 2018 / 1:14 pm

    These are my kind of images, both of them are lovely – well done. #MySundayPhoto

  4. 5th February 2018 / 4:48 pm

    I think the poppies really help the first photo and brings it to life more. #MySundayPhoto

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