Different Point of View
When ever I look at photos of popular places such as the Grand Canyon or the Times Square I notice that the photos are shot from almost the same perspective as everyone else. Now granted, there are some exceptions such as safety issues where the public is only permitted in certain areas. By all means, please obey the rules. They are in place for a reason. My main point is to start a different way of thinking when you walk up to a scene or whip out your camera to make a photo. There are a million and one questions I usually ask myself when I’m about to snap a photo. Among the top three; “How many people have shot this same composition before” is the one that has been the most important to me lately.
Composing the shot
The question above can be applied to the most simple to the most complex of scenes. Some of the things to consider are:
- Zooming in closer with your feet
- Lowering the angle
- Changing the lighting or choosing a different time of day to photograph.
- Making the scene darker or lighter
- Including a unique foreground element
- Using a slower shutter speed
- Isolating the subject by changing the aperture to create a bokeh effect
These are just a few suggestions to creating a different photo of a popular subject but adding your own unique twist.
Another suggestion is for those who love food photography (non-professional). We all know someone who loves to photograph their food at a restaurant. I’m guilty of this, especially when the presentation is beautiful. Try photographing at an angle. Instead of taking the picture directly head on, lower the camera and become level with the plate.
Disclaimer: I highly suggest that you do not use flash. It is annoying to other diners and it doesn’t create an attractive photo.
For the photo above, I walked down to a different spot and chose to lay on my belly to snap the photo. The usual composition would be to stand. However, by becoming level with the rocks and steam of water, I isolated those two subjects and limited the amount of trees in the background. It’s Autumn here and the foliage is beautiful. I wanted to create a photo where there was no competition with the glistening rocks and stream of water. I excluded the tripod since the rocks were not level and trying to set it up would take too much time. I laid on my belly and rested my elbows on the rock so the camera would remain steady.
On a final note
If you can’t come up with a different point of view, that’s ok. I’ve been there plenty of times. I’ve found that if I try to hard, I either get frustrated or miss the shot. Both of which take away the joy of photography and that’s a big no-no for me. If you ever find yourself in that situation, lower the camera, take a deep breath, and start over.
Spark creativity by capturing the world around you one photo at a time
P.s I posted a video of this on my facebook page. You can see where everyone else was standing to take pictures and where I climbed down to and found my own little secret waterfall.
Tokina 12-28mm at 28mm 1/15sec f/22 ISO 250