02-29-2012, 01:59 PM #1
"Composition: "Get Down" Feb. 22 - March 7, 2012
This week: "Composition: "Get Down". Even though I know I should be taking shots from all different angles, I seldom get down very low to shoot. Afraid of getting dirty maybe? Maybe, but it's always good to see what a different perspective can do. Try getting eye level with babies and children to see how it draws the viewer into the photo. Consider a bug's eye view of the world. Don't want to get dirty? Put your camera down low and shoot "blind".
Get Down and Dirty for a New Perspective On Your Photography
by Alan Weir
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Next week: "A Sense of Depth". We all know photography is a two dimensional medium and, if we're not careful, our shots can look flat and uninteresting. What we want to try next week is giving our images a sense of depth or perspective. This can be done in several ways.
1. Use of lines that converge or grow closer as they lead into a shot.
How to Use Converging Lines to Enhance Your Photography
2. Sense of Scale. Large objects near the front, smaller ones to the back.
3. Depth of field. Try opening up your lens to get a sharper foreground with a more blurred background. This makes the foreground subject tend to "pop" forward.
4. Take lighting into account. Strong direct lighting can flatten an image, eliminating the shadows that can give a more 3 dimensional effect. For example, most of us have taken a casual snapshot with an onboard flash and seen what it can do to someone's face. Not too pretty and definitely flattening. Shadows, if used properly, can give a feeling of depth.
Creating a Sense of Depth in Your Photos
Check the image at the top of this post. Not only is it an example of shooting low, it also gives a feeling of depth.
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02-29-2012, 03:53 PM #4
DPS Assignment: Composition: Get Down Entry
Date Taken: 4.30 pm on 25 February, 2012
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: 17-40 f/4L Lens
Focal Length: 17
Shutter Speed: 1/125
ISO Speed: 100
I find an assignment like this to be wonderful. I've always been a fan of getting down into the muck, much to the demise of my clothing. I notoriously go out to nature parks or even down dirt roads after it has rained wearing my nicest set of pants, knowing at some point I will be getting messy.
This photo was taken coinciding with my arrival back here, after my long stay at a hospital. I love to be doing photography again, and this was a great way to start!
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02-29-2012, 03:55 PM #5
*** Assignment: "Composition: "Get Down" Feb. 22 - March 7, 2012
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02-29-2012, 04:12 PM #6I'm new here!
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Composition: Get Down
This is one of my better efforts
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02-29-2012, 05:57 PM #7
Assignment- Composition: Get Down
Date taken February 26, 2012
Camera Sony DSC-N2
Exposure 0.1 sec (1/10)
Focal Length 7.9 mm
ISO Speed 160
Flash Off, Did not fire
PS- Proving once again my family are always right "you're early for everything" I like to think I'm just well organised And Mike & Obijuan, you guys are like those kids at school who bags their place in the line!
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02-29-2012, 06:48 PM #9I'm new here!
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02-29-2012, 06:48 PM #10PS- Proving once again my family are always right "you're early for everything" I like to think I'm just well organised And Mike & Obijuan, you guys are like those kids at school who bags their place in the line!