Monday, July 13, 2009

Instructor's Tip: Strategic Angles

I hope you enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured the above image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

Find a Strategic Angle to Eliminate People From Touristy Areas

Tourist areas are packed with people for a reason - what’s there is worth seeing. In an ideal world, we as photographers could temporarily rope them off, get our shots and then take down the barriers, but in fairness to the rest of the public, we need to come up with alternatives to maintain everyone’s happiness. Two options are open to us to overcome the hordes of people to produce successful photographs. One is to find a unique angle with something in the foreground that blocks out the tourists yet still shows the landmark. The creative use of a wide angle lens along with some leg work and a discerning eye to find just the right spot will solve the problem. The second way is to use long exposures so that moving people will not be recorded on film. The drawback to this method is that it may require the use of very dense neutral density filters to get a long enough exposure so that moving objects won’t be recorded. The other drawback to this method is that ALL the people in the scene must keep moving. Should someone stay stationary while the shutter is open, the image of that person will show up in the photo.

Take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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