Changing Your Perspective

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…

hawaii portrait

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!


  1. Paul Salmon

    That is definitely a cool perspective. I think I would be afraid of the tripod or camera flying loose out the back of the car.

    How many photos were taken before you found the one that worked for you?

    • Larry

      Yeah I was definitely worried, but I had both seatbelts strapped and the camera strap was tied down as well. Just felt like living dangerously that day.
      I ended up taking a little over 200 shots. Basically the camera was setup to take 3 shots every 10 seconds. I would start the timer, jump in the car and drive to the next rest stop. Then I would jump out, hit the button again and repeat. I didn’t really look at any of the images until afterwards and wanted to make sure I did it enough to get at least ONE useable shot.

  2. Dana

    Oh, do I have a LOT to learn about perspective.
    My photos are getting better – but there’s no where to go but up!

    So glad to find your site.
    New follower.

  3. Barney Delaney Landscape Photography

    Hi Larry, just found this while researching our road trip, great find! The perspective is great, loving the depth. Weren’t you just a little bit nervous having your gear up there like that!!?! Anyway the results were worth it, thanks for sharing. Barney

    Barney Delaney @ landscape photography

    • Larry

      It was a little scary, but I had it strapped in pretty good. I guess if it had fallen off it would have REALLY made an interesting series of images!

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