• September 11, 2014

    Stuck in one perspective

    Interior of Bridge District Home

    To make images like this the lines in the room have to be clean and the subject matter interesting and staged professionally. I was lucky to walk in on such a well set up space!

    A couple years back after looking at my “best of images” I realized that a predictable pattern was forming especially in my interiors. And although it works well for my clients (don’t fix it, if it’s not broken), I’ve wanted to mix it up for some time. So I really started to look at other styles of shooting, and I found a style that seemed so opposite from mine. I guess it’s alway kinda been out there. It’s more of a still life approach. The dissection of room and it’s elements composed in an image. Lots of home furnishing catalogs use this approach. Using more standard focal lengths and/or a 1x1 crop on sections of the room is the best way to describe it. We viewers don’t always need to see walls and windows to get a feel of space. So my break came yesterday while shooting an interior so I took it. And I have to say, it was fun to make this image.

  • August 28, 2014

    A view about the View

    Image of my camera and shadow of Lift

    I'm elevated here at about 19 feet. Does it make the image any better?

    Yesterday I rented the 2nd lift this month. I do this to explore more options when shooting & to give the client more of a choice. But does getting a higher vantage make for a better photo? I understand that question is completely subjective. But what I've noticed repeatedly in my 8 years of professional photography, the average person who knows nothing about photography would say "yes, it does." I always get the presumption, "you must shoot aerials, if you shoot buildings." NO! There's some notion among most that to photograph something from above is superior to photographing something from the ground. Maybe this comes from the notion that on top of a building or mountain we as humans can always see more. But in photography more is not always equal to better. More can actually take away from the strength of the subject photographed. For example, what's on top of most commercial buildings? HVAC units, pipes, conduit, communication devices. It's hard to imagine these features help a commercial photograph of a building. And lastly my argument for not getting higher when shooting, how many of us see an iconic building, mountain, car, actor, model, tree, etc. from above? That's because so many things we see on daily basis is from the ground perspective. This is what we are accustom to seeing. Out of all the perspectives photographers can shoot, an elevated perspective is the least effective. (IN MY OPINION) Generally speaking, and many times photos taken from above, detach the viewer of the photo from the subject in the photo. As you can see I'm pretty opinionated on this highly controversial topic!

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