Ansel Adams once said, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” But, before you know where to stand, it’s important to understand a few concepts about perspective.
I’ve written about perspective here on PhotoNaturalist a few times, but I’ve also written a couple posts about it over at the Digital Photography School (a great blog that covers all types of photography). And, one of those posts was just published today, so I thought it’d be good to put a list together of all the posts I’ve written about perspective:
Sometimes Close-ups Are Better From Far Away – with an example that shows how you get more control of your background if you move farther away from your subject.
Why You Need a Telephoto Lens for Landscape Photography – with an example that shows how you can manipulate the relative sizes of objects in your image, and how those different sizes communicate different feelings.
Understanding Perspective and Focal Length – a short introduction to perspective, and an overview of what types of lenses are generally used to capture different perspectives.
How to Create Intimate Portraits of Nature – with an example of how the height of your camera affects the feeling of your photos.
3 Reasons to Photograph Wildlife at Eye Level – how perspective affects the feeling and background of your wildlife portraits.
Sometimes the View is Better From Above – how the height of your camera affects the feeling you communicate in landscape photographs.
And, for even more information about how perspective affects your photos, I highly recommend reading the chapter “Basic Image Management” in Ansel Adams’ great book, The Camera.
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About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, computer scientist, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of Southern California.
frank garvan says
hugh breyer says
My question is this: I want to understand the concept of hyperfocal shooting. Don’t quite understand it.
Is there a site or can you teach it to me?
Steve Berardi says
@hugh – I haven’t written any tutorials on hyperfocal distance yet, but I keep getting asked about it, so I’m moving it towards the top of my to do list! So, watch for an article on it in the next few weeks 🙂