Whenever I photograph a new subject, I like to see if I can create or find a picture within the picture. I try to not be satisfied with my first impulsive shutter click. I look around for more detail, better lighting, better composition and better backgrounds. I do this by changing my lens, changing my position, changing shooting angle, and take multiple shots.
The above image is of a old truck in front of a road side coffee stand. I choose this first shot showing just the left front side of the truck and it came out pretty well. However, after walking around and thinking about what could I shoot next, I found a shot that was more “artistic.” The second image (Seen below) is the same shot as the first, but I simply zoomed my lens in closer. This is what I call finding a picture within a picture.
The practice of shooting different points of view is about creating images that set themselves apart from the ordinary and mundane that most photographers capture. The final image can be reflected in an object’s distinctive shape, remarkable lines, exceptional contrast, unusual pattern, unique texture, or special light.
Try using a different lens
The image above is of a Pontiac Chieftain automobile. It is a close-up of the Chieftain hood ornament. To obtain this shot I switched to my Lensbaby Composer Pro. Its design provides a selective focus special-effect with a bokeh effect. This image appears here “as shot.” There is no post image processing to produce or add the blur effect.
If you are interested in the Lensbaby effect, you can read more about it in my blog article here: http://www.rickdiffleyphotography.com/2012/07/06/lensbaby/
Always keep your eyes open for unusual compositions
This is an image I shot of a Gerbera flower that is very different from what you normally see. Most photographers will generally shoot the front of a flower and completely ignore the backside that can offer opportunities for equally fascinating images.
Don’t forget you can create an unusual point of view during your post processing stage. Adding a textured background (Seen here) can turn a very good photo into something better or turn a straight photo into something that can be called a work of art. This photo actually has two unusual points of view. First, the unique, single petal drooping down to the right and adding the textured background. To learn more about adding textured backgrounds go to: http://flypapertextures.com/
Four practices to create unusual points of view
- Keep your eyes open for unusual compositions.
- Try using a different lens.
- Take multiple shots of your subject matter from different angles.
- Use post processing to create a different effect.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you learned something new that you can apply the next time you are out shooting.