Work a scene to make the most of per­spec­tive and pro­duce im­ages with im­pact

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -


FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS Any scene that con­tains re­peated fea­tures is likely to make a great per­spec­tive shot. These rows of cy­press trees in the Tus­cany coun­try­side are a clas­sic ex­am­ple. The ini­tial shot does show di­min­ish­ing scale, but it’s not ex­actly ex­cit­ing!


CHANGE PO­SI­TION A quick change of cam­era po­si­tion re­sults in a more in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tion. Di­min­ish­ing scale is ob­vi­ous in the row of trees to the left, and the shad­ows add in­ter­est – but that tree on the right is too big and bold.


FIND A BET­TER AN­GLE Back­ing off from the trees and mov­ing round to the left a lit­tle makes a dif­fer­ence as you can now see along the path be­tween the trees, and its con­verg­ing sides also add lin­ear per­spec­tive to the com­po­si­tion.


FINE-TUNE THE COM­PO­SI­TION The best spot to shoot from proves to be stand­ing in the mid­dle of the path. The path cre­ates strong lin­ear per­spec­tive while the trees show di­min­ish­ing scale, and all lead the eye to the farm­house.

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