i take a lot of photos from a low angle. and here’s a good example showing the difference between an above picture of a lost broken key and a low angle version of the same thing.
to get the low angle picture i set my little compact camera to macro mode and centre point focussing, place it against the ground, and point it in the general direction of thing i’m photoing.
i usually end up taking 4 or 5 shots to get the thing i want to be in focus, with a fair bit of chimping at the time to check.
the worst bit is standing up again as i’m usually wearing my heavy backpack with laptop and various heavy documents.
the crouch is usually worth it though.
so there you go. you probably knew all that already.
i’ve been practising my flashing following the strobist seminar. one of the tricks in getting your light right is to take pictures of your hand (so you don’t have to be fiddling about when the person you actually want to photo turns up)
just in case you are interested, this is the same scene, lit in different ways. (it’s not that exciting actually is it)
i went on an off flash photography course yesterday by the chap who runs strobist. fantastic but exhausting stuff.
it was one of those courses that’s inspirational, but reveals how much i’ve got to learn and practice ! i tried a few things we’d learnt yesterday afternoon and got thoroughly depressed (and kezia got bored). so i stood in front of my flash instead and kezia took my photo
i’ve been trying to expand my camerist skills a bit and trying to get in to lighting. i’m completely rubbish to be honest, but it’s worth a go. so far i’ve managed to get a remote trigger for my canon flash, seen here bungied to my monopod.
kezia loves being camerist’s mate, holding the extended monopod to the side of the thing i’m photoing.
kezia has a little kaleidoscope type thing which can simulate the effect of halucinogenic drugs in a child friendly way.
i held it against my camera lense and came up with thes quick shots.
sure you could probably do something fancier digitally, but i liked the randomness and speedyness of the process.
on our walk andy and i discussed a variety of things (as men spending 4 hours together are want to). along the way we discussed the works of Brian Eno and his interest in the random as part of the creative process.
and so was born this new photography technique. you take your camera and hold it directly above your head (upside down) to take a photo of what’s behind you.
here’s my first attempt. it’s the sky. mostly.
i shall try this technique in other situations.
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