A downside to a world where digital cameras are so advance that each image is properly exposed, every picture is in focus and the digital file can be enlarged to mural size is kind of subtle.
How do you make your photographs stand out for the herd?
In my career, I’ve always been interested in getting a camera angle no other photographer shoots. It requires extra work but I don’t know any great photographer who is lazy.
Lets start with this idea, when you look thought the viewfinder, ask yourself—“is this a snapshot or is this a photograph?” A snapshot is what EVERYBODY sees while standing in that spot. Our goal @ TPC is to make photographs. Today, we’ll look at how camera position can affect your pictures and sometimes help you make striking images.
Working on assignment for Sports Illustrated, I was profiling Clay Puett, the man who invented the electric starting gate in horse racing. I had several portraits of him but I was looking for a lead photo that was more dramatic. By mounting a camera with a 15mm lens on top of the starting gate at Hollywood Park near Los Angeles I was able to provide the readers of the magazine with a very unusual view. Setting my camera to a slow shutter speed blurred the horses and riders slightly, giving it a sense of motion.
Setting your camera on the ground for a “worm’s eye” view like I did in this picture from the final moments of a High School state tournament game is another way to get a dramatic shot. The score was tied with only one second left on the clock. I knew the whole game could hinge on this single free throw attempt. I quickly pulled off the prism of my Nikon F2 (try that with digital!) so I could look straight down onto the camera’s focusing screen. The photo was published the entire width of the papers sports section so you could really see the cool details which are lost at only 600 pixels! As a photojournalist you are always tiring to get the “Decisive Moment” and everything seemed to come together in this one frame.