Yesterday’s Topic: Shooting Waterfalls
Here’s a simple technique to start adding some dimension to your shots. It’s quick and fun.
The idea is easy; get close and go wide. It helps if you have a wide angle lens, such as a 16mm on a full frame sensor or a 10mm on a cropped sensor. Most people use these lenses for their ability to capture wide angles for grand scenics. Wonderful and all, but the lenses also have the ability to focus close.
Get close, go wide means just that. Find an object and get as close as you can, dropping it into one of the lines for the Rule Of Thirds, just as a place to start. Now move. Your body or the camera, that is. From side to side and at different angles, the amount of focus will change as well as the depth of field. The idea here is to try to bring some of the background into focus, so you’ll need a higher f-stop, such as f/11 or so. If not enough of the background is not in focus, back up just ever so slightly. Little changes make a big difference at times.
The alternative is to let the background blur to abstraction. Along with this, let the image flow in a direction so the viewer’s eye is lead across the image, even if into the blurred area.
This method can be handy on a number of subjects. Here are some examples to help get the juices flowing.
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