A se­lec­tion of bite-sized gems to help you mas­ter the art of cap­tur­ing and ex­ploit­ing per­spec­tive

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -


AIM FOR IM­PACT Cre­at­ing a sense of depth, scale and dis­tance is vi­tally im­por­tant if you want them to have max­i­mum im­pact, es­pe­cially in scenic pho­tog­ra­phy.


LOOK AROUND Recog­nis­able ob­jects are al­ways a good choice for adding scale, while in­clud­ing fore­ground in­ter­est in widean­gle shots will add depth.


TILT THE CAM­ERA In­ten­tion­ally tilting to a jaunty an­gle adds an el­e­ment of sur­prise that catches the eye and holds the at­ten­tion – it of­fers an al­ter­na­tive per­spec­tive.


CHANGE FOR­MAT This can have a big in­flu­ence on the way per­spec­tive is per­ceived. Shoot the same scene in both por­trait and land­scape for­mat, then com­pare.


MORE THAN ONE Of­ten it’s pos­si­ble to in­clude more than one type of per­spec­tive in an im­age. The more ways you can im­ply depth and scale, the bet­ter!


CROP IT Although it’s bet­ter to per­fect your com­po­si­tion in-cam­era, there’s noth­ing to stop you crop­ping dur­ing post if do­ing so will pro­duce a stronger im­age.


USE FRAMES Fram­ing your main sub­ject is a great way to fo­cus at­ten­tion to­wards it and also add a sense of depth – win­dows, doors, arch­ways and branches for ex­am­ple.


USE YOUR FEET Per­spec­tive re­mains the same if you stay glued to the spot, but by us­ing your feet and mov­ing closer to or fur­ther away from your sub­ject, it changes.


CON­SIDER LIGHT Strong side-light­ing re­veals tex­ture and the in­clu­sion of shad­ows sug­gests depth, whereas shots taken with the sun be­hind you tend to look flat­ter.


LEAVE IT OUT Although a sense of per­spec­tive is im­por­tant, in­ten­tion­ally ex­clud­ing it can also pro­duce suc­cess­ful im­ages, adding mys­tery and in­trigue.

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