Intro to Photography Perspective



It took it a little longer than usual to create this post. Choosing an image and creating a insightful post doesn’t always come naturally. But while looking through the images & photographs, a though popped up and ‘BOOM’ like an epiphany…the idea was there. Thoughts of an Native Tribe story about photography “taking from your life force…” Swirled around like a bowl of alphabet soup…

And a question was asked: Why was this photograph taken, why was life captured in this image…or better what life was captured in this image…

The answer? Perspective.

Perspective is one of those things that is difficult to understand because it has to do with how the individual sees things, and everyone sees things, you guessed it, from a different perspective…

So might be questioning why you have read this far, continue reading and you’ll find your answer.

To understand and fully grasp the concept, one must understand the way basic eyesight works. Basically, our eyes take in the light around us and reflect the image in the back of our skull…think of it as a movie projector. If you look directly at the light source, the point where the light comes out of, then all you would see is a dot and probably blind yourself in the process and if you look at the screen, you will see the movie. None of those points of views will help you understand what or how the image ended up on the screen. But, if you redirect your perspective and look at the light projection from the side simultaneously you will see what looks like a triangle of light. The small dot of light expands as it travels to the screen and the audience sees a perfect image.

This, my dear readers, is the art of finding perspective.

When standing behind the camera, you are the projector. Imaging a triangle, such as the one I mentioned before, will help you find the perfect angles for any image…be a graduation portrait, wedding photo or just a nice selfie. It’s very simple. Look for the point you want to photograph, imagine a triangle stemming from that point. Bring all the focus to that point and capture the image.

I challenge you to try this method…capture anpan image without using any perspective techniques and then take then capture the same image using the perspective techniques mentioned above. Think about it and take your time studying what different angles do.  How do they make you feel?Are they aestheticly pleasing to the eye?

Building a reference point based from your own experiences is the best way to gain perspective on your own craft. It helps build confidence in not only photographers, but in many other artists.

Perspective can be a tricky thing to learn, but once you grasp the concept through your own eyes, you’ll be unstoppable. Trust yourself and trust the process and you’ll see your images and art improve. Creativity is always flowing, you just have to bring a floaty.

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