Taking Photographs From Different Angles
Taking photographs from different angles, why you should.
Not all of the projects I’ll be featuring here will be just taking photographs.
Some will be more about editing them.
While this one involves taking photographs from different angles the project is more about processing them.
These’s never a definitive angle to take a photograph from.
If it’s a big object like a building, a monument or a mountain you can move around to get different photos from different angles.
If it’s a small moveable object like a radio you can place it, and take a photograph.
You can move around it then and take shots from multiple angles and keep doing this until you can’t think of another possible shot.
Photograph from different angles
For these photographs you’re going to find something small that you can place, photograph it, then reposition it.
Remember the project at this stage is about taking photographs from different angles.
If you prefer you can set the subject in one place and move around it, and get different shots like that.
Your chosen object doesn’t have to be too small, just small enough to lift and move easily.
You don’t want something that’s very heavy, so if the item is light it can be a little bigger.
The reason for this is noting to do with the photograph, it’s so that you don’t injure yourself handling something that’s too heavy.
Take many photographs
Spend a lot of time taking photographs from different angles with this one, from any and every perspective you can find.
Take ones of the complete object and zoom in to take detailed shots of parts of it.
If you’re using a camera that doesn’t have a zoom function, get in close.
If you are using a prime lens on an a camera with interchangeable lenses, do the same.
Move out to get the whole object in a photo.
If you don’t have a zoom lens and the object you choose is too small, you may not be able to focus close in.
Most lenses have a minimum focusing distance, and it won’t focus if you’re closer.
It’s a different distance for different lenses.
You won’t know how close you can get and still be able to focus until you try.
The focusing distance is usually written on a lens but in practice that’s only a guide.
You have to find it by trial.
Keep taking photographs from different angles and noting how close you were able to focus.
Edit and resize the photographs
After you’ve finished the photography, process and edit them.
There may be very little that needs doing to get them looking good.
You may have got your exposure optimised while shooting, so there may little or nothing to do.
It’s possible you might be able to use them straight from the camera.
When you have them finished to your satisfaction, chose four and resize them to 50%.
Then save them using the save as command, and give them a new names.
It will be safer and less like to cause confusion if you save them to a different folder.
When you reduce it to 50% you’re actually reducing them to a quarter.
Say that the original size is 6,000px by 4,000px then the new version will be 3,000px by 2,000px.
That looks like it’s half the size of the original but it’s actually one quarter size.
The maths are easy. 6 x 4 is twenty four, 3 x 2 is six.
Use new versions of photographs
When you’re working with photographs like this, always, always save any changes you make with the save as command, as you go.
Don’t use processing software that doesn’t allow that.
There probably isn’t any such software, but if there is, and you have it, get some more that does.
Remember to always keep the original of your photographs because you might want to use them again.
If you shoot in JPEGs anytime you re-save them the quality deteriorates.
If you always save any changes with the save as command, the original should remain in good condition.
When you save a new version, know that it’s a good idea also to save it to a different folder, and give it a different name.
Photographs from different angles
Back to the photographs you’ve just taken, when you create a new version at a quarter of the original size, keep the original aspect.
Create a new blank canvas the same size as the original photo.
Paste the four smaller photos into the blank canvas.
Place one at the top left side, one at the right top, and the others at the bottom left and right.
This will give you a new image showing four aspects of the subject, the same size as any one of the originals.
It will give you a new image showing how taking photographs from different angles can be creative.
Taking photographs like this and using them to highlight or showcase different aspects of an item is useful for advertising.
The photographs I’ve used
The first one shows four shots of a set of headphones.
This shows two shots of part of them, and two shots of the whole.
After that there’s some shots of a small porcelain boot, without any close up of part of it.
The third photo shows some images of a portable music player.
This one shows some close up shots of part of the player, the last one to do so.
The other three photos show all the item in each image.
The fourth set of photos shows aa ornamental flower pot in the shape of a boot with dogs on it.
The second last image is some shots of a camera bag from various angles.
The last of the demo images shows a dogs toy from four different angles.