Photo Perspective November 07 2007, 0 Comments

I find it interesting to watch the way people take photographs. I see so many just grabbing shots as though they were grabbing a coat off of a coat hook while on the run! A while back I was walking through the streets of New York City with my niece Dianna. A typical teenager, she is bright, beautiful, excellent in sports but in her manner and dress, she has always reminded me of the young bohemian artists of the 60’s. She is fun to be around.

As we were navigating the sites of New York (she had never been) she took out a small digital camera that I had given her. She stood looking at the tall buildings. Wanting to see how she was going to capture the images in front of her, I remained silent. She stood for a bit just looking. Then she looked through the view finder, shifted her body, looked again, moved again to the right or the left and then she lowered herself toward the ground finally deciding what angle was going to give her the photo she wanted. She repeated this process over and over. I wondered how this teenager with absolutely no education in photography could be doing what takes so many such a long time to develop…the art of photo perspective!

Photo Perspective is simply the look of the photograph, the angle at which you took the photo and the depth of the objects in the photo.

One of the things that helps to take a fine snap shot and make it into a fine photograph, is the angle at which it is taken. When shooting you must take your time…A good photograph requires your focus. Sports photographers can do what they do so well and so quickly because they have spent a great deal of time initially focusing on their subject not to mention years of experience. Vacation photos often involving places and landscapes are a wonderful opportunity to practice developing your perspective because in many cases the subject matter is not in motion.

First and always, check your equipment! Make sure that you have a full battery pack and an extra battery pack if possible. Be sure that your ISO and white balance is set correctly. Canon has an excellent system for using a variety of white balance settings that are super easy to use.

Secondly, do what my niece naturally does…look at your subject from a variety of angles and heights if possible. It is OK to get down low, move right or left to see the image from many angles before you take the shot.

Thirdly, take the image from many angles, even the ones you think you may not like. You will be surprised at what you decide is a fine image once you view it on a full screen monitor.

Fourth, don’t set your camera to take the image with any kind of “special effects” initially. Take the image as it exists. Mastering the art of photo perspective will give your image the effect that it needs to make it a wonderful photograph!

Finally, use your intuition. Many wonderful photographs are a result of intuition, as my niece Dianna was discovering on our adventure in New York. Go with it!

Treat yourself or a friend to a beautiful set of images on note cards that were all taken as a lesson in perspective. Click on “Product Collections”, then “Boxed Cards” then “New York”.