Photography and Perspective

Photography has always been a passion of mine, particularly conveying a particular perspective through my prized lens. So long as I have my camera, I get wrapped up in the moment, and each picture I take, no matter how many they are of the same object, tell a different story every time. It’s like magic, as if I’ve been placed in a new place altogether. No one can pull me out of this place.

 

People often believe in a set of rules, an expensive camera and a far-off place in order to take a good picture, but that’s not true. Good photography depends very much on perspective and how well it is being conveyed through that photograph. You can take good photos everywhere you go, so long as you tailor your camera to the light conditions of the situation and the perspective you wish to convey. Your photos can even go back in time, if you’d like it to.

 

You hear a lot about light, colour and focus from many professionals, which makes you worry that weather conditions prevent you from taking a good photo. But that’s untrue. Photography is a work of art you bring anywhere with you. It is possible to take a good photo, rain or shine. Going out onsite with my husband Eric’s company Tree Lopping Brisbane North, I’ve been able to take some great nature shots among trees, palms and wonderful landscapes. But rather than thinking of how good the photo must be and it’s location or framing, it’s worth trying to think of the perspective you are conveying with the photo. But you should practice and strengthen yourself with the basics of photography too.

We don’t need to leave the house, actually, to do this. Here are some indoor objects that we definitely have at home which will help us better understand the different camera effects before we venture out and take magnificent pictures:

  • Indoor flowers: Taking flowers in a vase allow us to play around with colour effects and the varying shades of white
  • Fire and candles: Photographing a flame allows us to experiment with the effects of varying exposure lengths and times on our cameras
  • Oil and water: You should be able to get a decent photo with macro lens and extension tubes by pouring water into two cups in a clear dish and sitting on a flat piece of colourful paper. Fun shapes should be created when you drop two or three drops of oil into the water
  • Food: Photographing food allows you to play with style, texture and distance
  • Window silhouettes: Put your camera in auto, and focus your subject in front of a glass door. Observe the changes when you shift your camera focus elsewhere

 

Remember that taking photos is about capturing the opportunity and potential of what an image could be. It gets better with practice and using what you have to create that perfect frame, and any amount of expensive equipment, no matter how hard you try, may not work out if you’re not using it at the right time.

 

Photography is art, in any sense, and conveys your unique personal perspective to everyone else. Once you think of it this way, it should be easy to leverage the right exposure, colour, as well as lens to capture the perfect moments and share it with everyone else.

I Love the Potential of Photography

I love photography. I guess it is the POTENTIAL that grabs my attention. You can take a seemingly ordinary thing and turn it into a work of art in a matter of minutes.

Still, most people believe they have to go off to some exotic place to take wonderful photographs, and after having experimented a lot, I can safely say that just is not true.

 

A photographer who is really into his art takes photographs anywhere.

 

See the thing of it is, you can take good photographs anywhere, even when the seasons or places you are in are not all that conducive to outdoor photography. That being said, bad weather is no excuse for you to stop taking photos and learning how to make them better. So I’m sharing a few photography exercises to try when you are indoors and can’t get out to photograph the world.

 

Indoor Flowers

The next time you hang out at the grocery store, pick up some inexpensive flowers. Place them in a vase and start shooting. Amaze yourself when you see the results! Choose different colors including white and practice with different exposures.

 

Fires and Candles

Spend some time photographing a flame. Experiment with different exposure lengths and try both long and short exposure times. See how shutter speed affects the overall exposure of an image. You can also experiment with compositions and reflections. Place a shiny surface under candles and try to photograph that.

 

Oil and Water

This makes a really cool photograph. Try using this technique with a macro lens, if not use some basic extension tubes. Or you can even try with your standard lens. Basically just pour a cup of two in a clear dish and place it on top of two cups sitting on a flat piece of colorful paper. Add two to three drops of olive oil and start photographing the neat shapes. This way the color of the paper will show through the clear dish and make interesting reflections.

 

Food

Photographing food gives you the opportunity to play with composition, style and texture. Use a rustic loaf of bread on tea towels. Use matte finishes to enhance that rustic feel. Think about the styling you would use to photograph a cup of coffee. Use the rule of thirds, place the cup on coffee bean. Get creative and play around with the ideas.

 

Window Silhouettes

This works best in a well-lighted room, somewhere where you might have glass doors. I must say that it is a suggestion given to me by my local glass installation Robina shop. I happened to get some glass doors installed, and it came as quite a surprise to find that the owner was also a photography buff.

 

Anyway, here is the tip.

This tip helps you learn about photography and understand how the camera sees light. Place your camera on auto and focus on your subject in front of a glass door. Notice what your camera tries to do. Move your focal point off the subject and look at what your camera sees now. Try doing window silhouettes. Use different metering modes and see how this changes the photograph.

 

Anyway there are a ton of things you can photograph from anywhere. YOu just have to get a little creative and look at your subject matters differently.

Nothing to Photograph? Don’t Be So Sure

I love photography. I guess it is the POTENTIAL that grabs my attention. You can take a seemingly ordinary thing and turn it into a work of art in a matter of minutes.

Still, most people believe they have to go off to some exotic place to take wonderful photographs, and after having experimented a lot, I can safely say that just is not true.

A photographer who is really into his art takes photographs anywhere.

See the thing of it is, you can take good photographs anywhere, even when the seasons or places you are in are not all that conducive to outdoor photography. That being said, bad weather is no excuse for you to stop taking photos and learning how to make them better. So I’m sharing a few photography exercises to try when you are indoors and can’t get out to photograph the world.

 

Indoor Flowers

The next time you hang out at the grocery store, pick up some inexpensive flowers. Place them in a vase and start shooting. Amaze yourself when you see the results! Choose different colors including white and practice with different exposures.

 

Fires and Candles

Spend some time photographing a flame. Experiment with different exposure lenghts and try both long and short exposure times. See how shutter speed affects the overall exposure of an image. You can also experiment with compositions and reflections. Place a shiny surface under candles and try to photograph that.

 

Oil and Water

This makes a really cool photograph. Try using this technique with a macro lens, if not use some basic extension tubes. Or you can even try with your standard lens. Basically just pour a cup of two in a clear dish and place it on top of two cups sitting on a flat piece of colorful paper. Add two to three drops of olive oil and start photographing the neat shapes. This way the color of the paper will show through the clear dish and make interesting reflections.

Food

Photographing food gives you the opportunity to play with composition, style, and texture. Use a rustic loaf of bread on tea towels. Use matte finishes to enhance that rustic feel. Think about the styling you would use to photograph a cup of coffee. Use the rule of thirds, place the cup on coffee beans. Get creative and play around with the ideas.

 

Window Silhouettes

This works best in a well-lighted room, somewhere where you might have glass doors. I must say that it is a suggestion given to me by my local glass repair shop. I happened to get some glass doors installed, and it came as quite a surprise to find that the owner was also a photography buff.

Anyway, here is the tip.

This tip helps you learn about photography and understand how the camera sees light. Place your camera on auto and focus on your subject in front of a glass door. Notice what your camera tries to do. Move your focal point off the subject and look at what your camera sees now. Try doing window silhouettes. Use different metering modes and see how this changes the photograph.

 

Anyway there are a ton of things you can photograph from anywhere. YOu just have to get a little creative and look at your subject matters differently.