Sometimes photography is all about perspective. A slight change in your camera angle can change an ordinary image into something memorable. It is these fine-tuning adjustments that help us to grow artistically.
Last month, my wife and I spent a week in Hawaii and I planned to create a ton of new images. Now landscape photography is not really my thing. I’m just too impatient to sit and wait for the sun to be just right and take 50 shots of the exact same scene. I’m much more interested in portraits or illustrative-type images. That’s just how I’m wired. Since we had rented a convertible for the week, I thought it would be fun to try and incorporate it into an image.
I came up with the concept of creating a shot of us driving along the coastline. The tricky part was the setup.
I strapped my tripod into the back seat, raised it up high and put a fisheye lens on the camera. Then I set the camera to take 10 bursts of 3 shots – spread out 10 seconds apart.
We would pull into a rest stop, start the camera shooting and just drive to the next rest stop. We basically went back and forth a dozen times or so, until I was confident that I had gotten a good capture. From there, I just had to clean up the image a bit in Photoshop until I had this…
I liked it because it wasn’t the traditional shot of two people standing with the beach behind them. It had a lot stronger storytelling element, which was what I was aiming for.
So next time you are on vacation, don’t be content to take all the typical tourist shots. Think of something special about that location and incorporate it into a portrait. You will end up with an image that has a lot more impact and you just might take your photography skills up a notch!