5.13.2016

Photo Tip Friday: Change your Perspective in Photography and Move

by Mary Denman @MaryDenman

Today, I want to teach you about moving around to get different perspectives in your photos. 

I have a beautiful rhododendron in my yard. It's amazing how the time of day, cloud cover and perspective can produce such varied pictures. 

In this series, I used the same cluster of flowers at the top of bush and moved around it, photographing over two day's time from different angles and in different lighting conditions to show you how many variations you can create. 

I think this will help you see how important it is for you to move while doing photography to take different angles of the same subject.  

Let's get started. 


PHOTO 1
PHOTO 1: I positioned myself so that entire background was green from the plants behind the rhododendron. Then, I positioned the flowers to the side, accomplishing 2 things. 

1: I followed the rule of thirds. (A post to come.)
2: I left space to create a meme. 

Lighting conditions: an overcast day,  no direct sunlight.


PHOTO 2
PHOTO 2: I moved around the bush to get some blue sky in the picture. 

I don't like this shot as much. The blue sky is actually a little distracting and there isn't one strong visual focal point to the photo.

Lighting conditions: same overcast day, no direct sunlight.




PHOTO 3
PHOTO 3: In this photograph, you will notice a lot of contrast. The sun was shining and illuminated the top of the flowers. 

This also created bokeh, or out of focus points of light in the background. (A post to come on how to create bokeh.)

While I like this shot, it is a little busy for me. I'm showing you so you'll try new things as well and realize they all don't turn out exactly like you want. But try anyway and learn. 

Lighting conditions: bright, direct, overhead light. 

PHOTO 4
PHOTO 4: I didn't like the high contrast of photo 3, so I moved around the bush and had the sun behind the flowers instead of over my shoulder like photo 3. 

Now, the flowers are bright and the stark contrast is gone. I also moved in closer and focused in tighter on my subject. 

I really like the feel of this shot, specially with the soft blur of the leaves in the foreground.

Lighting conditions: bright, direct, overhead light. 

PHOTO 5
PHOTO 5: You can always crop a photo to hone in on the part you want to be your focus. 

I cropped this shot to highlight the bloom. 

Lighting conditions: bright, direct, overhead light. 






PHOTO 6
PHOTO 6: When you frame your shot, also think about if you want to create a meme.

In this picture, I made sure I had plenty of solid, fairly uniform background where I could write my text. 


Lighting conditions: bright, direct, overhead light. 

What are the tips?
1: Try different angles of the same subject. 
2: MOVE. Walk around your subject. 
3: Take your photos under different lighting conditions, including during Golden Hour.
4: Think ahead to take pictures for memes, you frame them differently.

ASSIGNMENT: Grab your camera or your CELL phone and go out on your balcony, or in your yard and pick an object that you can walk around. Take pictures from several angles. Then, do it again within a day or two when the lighting is different. Compare and contrast the pictures. Figure out what you like and why.

BLOGGERS: Hone your photography skills to enhance your blog. It has been proven that good photos increase the traffic and shares on social media. Plus, it's way to share part of yourself with your readers.

If you want to share some pictures with me directly, follow me on Instagram and tag me to see them. 

Hope these tips help!
Keep on clicking.
Mary

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14 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful Mary. I've taken some shots of my flowers too at different angles, but the lighting isn't something I've taken into account. Maybe I'll figure that out some time.

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    1. Pay attention and you'll be surprised how it improves your photography!

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  2. It really is all a matter of perspective, isn't it? What a difference it makes! Thanks for the top tips :)

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    1. I try and challenge myself to find new perspectives regularly! It can be a fun game!

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  3. Hi Mary! I love how you show the different photos with taken with different techniques.

    Thank you for sharing with my No Rules Weekend Blog Party, and I wanted to let you know that I have chosen this post as one of my Monday Special Features! If you'd like to take a look look here's the link: http://lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com/2016/05/monday-special-features-11.html

    Have a great week!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature!! :) You made my day! :)

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  4. How hard was life when it was all about film. There was no playing with shots like we can now. Thank goodness for digital and the opportunity to play with different perspectives and techniques without too much hassle.

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    1. I agree Karin! I love being able to see shots immediately to know if I need to alter something. But, I'm glad I learned on film. It was always a little bit of a surprise when I went to pick up my prints!

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. All of your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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  7. Yes, different angles are so important!

    By the way I found your blog via the "No Rules Weekend Blog Party" Blog Hop.

    I write about our farm life, my faith, homemaking topics (like recipes), and even craft topics.

    Please stop by and say hello and follow my feeds as well at:

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  8. This was so helpful. Sometimes the sun is too harsh and my photos come out awful. Mary is it better to shoot when it is sunny or when there is not as much sun? I live in Greece and the sun is a killer especially in the summertime. Thank you for dropping over to our party and giving us lots of Sweet Inspiration.

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