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There’s more than one way to shoot a spiral staircase, as Paul Grogan explains
Get creative with a spiral staircase
Spiral staircases have long been a staple of architectural photography. The graphic shapes create a sense of harmony, and provide a feeling of depth that leads the eye into the frame. Once you’ve nailed a traditional shot, however, why not give it a different spin…?
With most spiral staircases, the key is to get down low with a wide-angle lens, as this will maximise the number of spirals you’re able to include. If there’s enough light to shoot handheld, the easiest way to do this is to lie on your back and shoot straight upwards. However, for our shoot at Beckford’s Tower (www.beckfordstower.org.uk), it was too dark to shoot handheld, so we had to set up a tripod for our traditional shot. Once we had that in the bag, it was time to experiment…