49 : Overhead

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This week we are going to practice shooting from overhead, a very "on-trend" style that allows the photographer to tell a story by setting a scene in a fresh and intriguing way.

Though we have touched on overhead angles already, this week is dedicated to making images that capture a moment in time exclusively though showing relevant details in a "birds-eye-view" composition.

TECHNICAL TIPS

  • Shoot with 50mm or wider. (35mm, 24mm, etc). If you are working with a mobile camera, you are already in this range.
  • Keep your camera parallel to the ground. Any angle will throw off your straight lines and make the image feel uncomfortable.
  • Look at all the details in your scene and think about composition.  
  • If shooting with a DSLR, use an f-stop of 3.5 or higher to keep your pictures sharp. Mobile shooters do not need to worry - their cameras are automatically set to higher f-stop.
  • When shooting outside, keep an eye on funny shadows. Use an area that is entirely in the shade, or make sure that any shadows in your picture fit with your composition and tone.

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Creative Prompts

  • Lounging on the floor with some favorite "stuff"
  • Preparing a meal
  • Playing cards, doing a puzzle, or playing a game
  • Swimming
  • Reading or doing homework

Parents have plenty of experience looking down on children from an overhead position, so images from this vantage combine a familiar viewpoint with a documentary flavor. If your kids are older, it is possible to capture their personalities and interests from this perspective. (In fact, they may welcome the opportunity to be photographed in a style that is currently very cool!) 

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Share your images!

As always, we look forward to seeing your images in the Facebook group! If you have never posted a picture, it's fine to start any time. The Facebook group is a positive, no-judgement zone. We also hope that reach out for advice or help if you need it!