With my camera that is. Recently attending a photo workshop at the Washington National Cathedral, there were a few things that I learned that are simply magical.
First, when taking photographs of a building – KEEP THE CAMERA STRAIGHT ! You may need to walk quite a bit away from the structure, but so long as you keep your camera straight, the building will also look straight.
Tilting your camera up to try to get the building into your frame creates a warped structure that seems like it’s on some illegal drug.
Of course, with today’s new tilt-shift lenses, you can advert this building warp. However, since taking tons of photos of buildings is not my thing, I don’t it’s worth the investment for my shooting. I’ll let my feet do the walking for me to keep the camera straight.
My best trick?
Making people disappear !
Did you know that with a very slow shutter speed, people disappear and just the frozen building structure remains. A super trick when you’re out in high tourist areas when you want to capture a beautiful structure without people. Of course, a tripod is required.
The settings for the photo below are ISO 100, f/18, with 30 seconds. My friend walked back and forth across the frame six times. Voila ! He has disappeared!
So go forth and try these new tricks. You too can be a magician!
Categories: Foot Prints