'Perspective changes everything'
When you decide to take a photograph what do you think? Be honest with yourself, do you look at something and think, that's cool I'll snap that, then later look at it and feel it doesn't look as good.
We need to work on that. When I look at something I want to photograph, something else kicks in. I want to reflect how I feel. I do this (partly,) by using different perspectives. This does several things:
- Helps to tell the story
- Leads your eye through the picture
- Adds drama
Flowers are very photogenic, but to know where to place them in the image is not always easy.
Alliums are one of my favourite flowers, they are architectural. Instead of photographing them from above, I get down to their level.
Here, I used a tripod to keep the camera in exactly the position I wanted. I focused on one flower head and made sure that I found a position where the green stalks filled the bottom of the picture.
I adjusted the depth of field so that the flower head was in focus but all it around was blurred. It did take a few minutes to capture this, but patience is worth it.
This feature appeared in Country Living.
This image is of a guy demonstrating Japanese cloud pruning. I could have shot this so that you could see everything going on. But I wanted to show the students interest and the array of tools, the sense of him working. It doesn't tell the whole story in one go.
What does this picture convey to you?
Why is the woman there?
What is she thinking?
It leaves the viewer with lots of questions.
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