Cam­era tech­niques Find an an­gle

Tak­ing the same sort of shot ev­ery time? Search out new views of fa­mil­iar scenes with Tom Welsh

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These days, much of what you might want to take pic­tures of has prob­a­bly been pho­tographed count­less times be­fore. To avoid shoot­ing the same photo as ev­ery­one else out there, you need to try to find a fresh per­spec­tive.

As pho­tog­ra­phers, most of us see the ‘ob­vi­ous’ way to shoot a sub­ject in­stantly, but there is al­ways another way to shoot any­thing. We don’t mean sim­ply tak­ing a step to the left or right and look­ing again, though that would tech­ni­cally give you a dif­fer­ent view; here we are aim­ing to find some­thing com­pletely new. With some sub­jects you can get a va­ri­ety of an­gles, but you can also try mov­ing closer to achieve greater de­tail and re­veal some­thing new. You can even shoot the same an­gle, but add a cre­ative twist.

What we’re try­ing to do in this tu­to­rial is to dis­cover an orig­i­nal per­spec­tive on some­thing that lots of peo­ple have pho­tographed be­fore. Mas­ter­ing this skill will en­hance your pho­tog­ra­phy greatly; no mat­ter what you’re shoot­ing, think­ing about new view­points and cre­ative com­po­si­tions is fun­da­men­tal to pho­tog­ra­phy.

To demon­strate dif­fer­ent ways to pho­to­graph one sub­ject, we headed into the depths of Ex­moor to shoot the in­fa­mous Tarr Steps; the Devil’s favourite sun­bathing spot, for those who aren’t fa­mil­iar with the myths. Even on a sunny day, with the area teem­ing with bathers and tourists, the pre­his­toric bridge was a great spot to shoot from, of­fer­ing lots of fresh an­gles and per­spec­tives for orig­i­nal im­ages…

Mas­ter­ing this skill will en­hance your pho­tog­ra­phy greatly. No mat­ter what you’re shoot­ing, think­ing about new view­points and cre­ative com­po­si­tions is fun­da­men­tal to pho­tog­ra­phy

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