Cap­ture a side­ways view of the world

Paul Gro­gan ex­plains how to cap­ture a de­cid­edly side­ways view of the world

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the mis­sion

To shoot a fun and orig­i­nal por­trait

time needed

10 min­utes

skill level

Any­one can do it Some tricky as­pects Ad­vanced tech­nique

Kit needed

Nikon D-SLR

Shoot­ing the world side­ways is noth­ing new, but it is great fun, and by get­ting a bit cre­ative, you can give it your own, ahem, slant.

The key to main­tain­ing the il­lu­sion that your side­ways world is the right way up is to find a suit­able lo­ca­tion, where the ground could re­al­is­ti­cally be­come a wall, and the wall could re­al­is­ti­cally be the ground.

With a lo­ca­tion sorted, it’s time to think about how your sub­jects might in­ter­act with your new world: we tried a death-de­fy­ing dan­gle, a more ca­sual read­ing shot and an even more ca­sual lean (see be­low). Set­tings-wise, an aper­ture of f/5.6 in aper­ture pri­or­ity mode us­ing auto ISO is as com­pli­cated as it needs to get. More im­por­tant is cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion that your new side­ways world is the right way up…

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