Achieve in-cam­era at­mos­phere

Look for ways to add drama as you shoot

Digital Camera World - - DIGITAL DARKROOM -

This project is all about tak­ing your pho­tos a stage fur­ther in post­pro­cess­ing to cre­ate a height­ened mood. But – apart from a lit­tle cre­ative flare – you can only en­hance what’s al­ready there. So how do you cre­ate at­mos­phere in-cam­era? Light­ing, cam­era an­gle and pos­ing are the three big fac­tors.

First the light­ing. The sun is be­hind the model. Dif­fused through hazy cloud, it cre­ates a soft edge high­light along her fig­ure and fil­ters through the fab­ric. Back­light­ing is of­ten dra­matic.

Sec­ond, the cam­era an­gle. A long fo­cal length of 200mm and a low shooting an­gle – al­most at ground level – helps to cre­ate a sense of depth.

Third, the pos­ing. Here a con­fi­dent sub­ject, the windswept beach and light­weight flow­ing fab­ric com­bine to good ef­fect.


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