FACE THE MOON

Be cre­ative by play­ing with per­spec­tive

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Play­ing with per­spec­tive – mak­ing large ob­jects ap­pear small or small ob­jects ap­pear large – can re­sult in some fun and very cre­ative im­ages. The moon is ideal for this; us­ing sil­hou­et­ted peo­ple to in­ter­act with the moon en­ables you to cre­ate very graphic pho­to­graphs that make the most of shoot­ing from a very spe­cific per­spec­tive.

The key to a suc­cess­ful shoot in­volv­ing the moon is plan­ning. The time of year makes a dif­fer­ence to how large the moon ap­pears in the sky. We in­ad­ver­tently shot the small­est moon of the year (!), but the larger the moon seems, the bet­ter the fi­nal re­sult will be.

At the plan­ning stage, it is es­sen­tial to re­search when moon­rise will be, what stage the moon will be in and where it will be in the sky. Though the moon is up there all night, the op­ti­mum win­dow to shoot is just as the moon is ris­ing. Within an hour it will prob­a­bly be too high to cap­ture ef­fec­tively (un­less you have a very steep hill to stand be­low). You also

The key to a suc­cess­ful shoot in­volv­ing the moon is plan­ning… it is es­sen­tial to re­search when moon­rise will be, what stage the moon will be in and where it will be in the sky

need to con­sider the weather and your lo­ca­tion, be­ing aware of other pos­si­ble light sources and ob­sta­cles.

In this sort of por­trait, make-up isn’t some­thing you need to worry about, though you will prob­a­bly want to con­sider the over­all sil­hou­ette of your model’s hair and cloth­ing. You will also need to think about suit­able props for your shoot. We used a hat, in or­der to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of the moon as a head, but there are all sorts of ways for your model to in­ter­act with the moon. They could pose as though las­so­ing it and be­ing dragged away, or kick­ing it, lift­ing it up… the op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less!

Now all you need to do is wait for a full moon...

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