Bug­ging out

You need to get your Nikon down to an in­sect’s level for this…

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

01 Set it up

First, find a clump of flow­ers (or cheat and buy a pot yourself) and po­si­tion your Nikon so that it’s look­ing up at your sub­ject through the petals, giv­ing the im­pres­sion of a very low point of view, just like an in­sect’s. You’ll prob­a­bly need to lie down to check the com­po­si­tion if your Nikon doesn’t have a flipout screen. Ask your model to peer down at you through their mag­ni­fy­ing glass.

02 Tweak ex­po­sure

Fo­cus on the mag­ni­fy­ing glass and the eye clos­est to you. One po­ten­tial prob­lem with fish­eye pho­tos is over­ex­po­sure, as so much of the sky is in shot. Check your im­ages and dial the ex­po­sure down if needed. Shoot in RAW so that you can eas­ily crop away the black borders in post­pro­duc­tion.

03 Get cre­ative

There’s no end to the silly shots you can take. Shoot from above and give your sub­ject a huge nose or eyes, or place them fur­ther away from you; they won’t be dis­torted, but the land­scape around them will be warped. Add a blue or green cast in-cam­era or in Pho­to­shop for the look of an ex­trater­res­trial por­trait.

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