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There’s more than one way to shoot a spi­ral stair­case, as Paul Gro­gan ex­plains

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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…

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