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Saturday, March 15, 2008

From On High - Taking Photographs Looking Down on Your Subject

I'm always trying to think of new ways to make portraits look interesting. Last night I focused on NOT doing the same ol' straight-on (self) portrait. I got creative with vantage points.

I put the tripod up as high a it would allow (legs fully extended, and middle pole adjusted as high as it would go. Then I positioned the camera at the edge of my black muslin do it yourself backdrop (portion that is well extended out on the floor) and pointed the camera downward.

Next, I crouched under the lens and took a series of shots where I was looking straight up at the lens from below. I purposely wore a black shirt so I would blend in with my surroundings.

I'm so pleased with the results. It was so fun to try new things! I told my friend JULIE to try this with her youngest daughter because I think the perspective is so so so fun "looking down" seeing the head in clear focus and the rest of the body in the depth of field.

I also did this photo when I stood right up against the lights to my left with the camera on tripod right in front of me. I love the half light, half dark look:

Unfortunately this blog is turning out to be a tribute to myself while I try to find willing family & friends to pose for me for practice. The good news is I'm slowly getting people interested in being my models so soon you'll see other faces!


Julie said...

Bravo!!! Thanks for the shout out and for the inspiration!

Heather said...

Love this series Jen...Your eyes look fantastic in all the color ones!

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Anonymous said...

Another great series and wonderful shooting perspective. I like your choice of wearing black against the black background. Good choice! Sue

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