Freelance Photographer Cambridge - Blog | 03 - Shot Dead

December 28, 2016
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Shot Dead

Whilst the exact point at which children regress and start adopting the bad photographic habits of adults is unclear (as are the reasons), kids inevitably lose their natural tendency to explore when taking a photograph and eventually start shooting like adults i.e. stop dead in tracks and take photograph rooted to the spot holding camera at head height - move to the next photographic opportunity - stop dead in tracks and take photograph rooted to the spot holding camera at head height and so on. Such images are inherently dull as they are all taken from the same perspective. I’m sure you recognise this trait in your own holiday snaps, or perhaps even worse, somebody else’s as you are shown the album of someone’s last trip. Photography doesn’t need to be like this. ‘Shot dead’ images can (literally) be avoided by a few simple steps!

Somewhat paradoxically ‘searching for the best angle’ is a concept understood by everyone - the theory just isn’t put into practice! This is a shame as moving around to find the best angle is the easiest step to better photographs. Although second nature to professional photographers most adults need prompting. I know this from experience: adults on bokeh photographic Training Courses need a lot of encouragement to seek out the best angle, kids do not! What do we do to children as they grow up that leads them to stop exploring and instead adopt a ‘shot dead’ approach?

To emphasise how important moving around is to good photography I know of no professional photographer who makes an exposure without first sussing out where best to take that shot from. None simply stop dead in their tracks and take a photograph rooted to the spot. You might be thinking that all this takes too much time and involves too much effort. Not necessarily so. Whilst de-cluttering the hard drive recently I came across this holiday snap taken whilst walking along the beach on Bryher on the Isles of Scilly. I remember the circumstances. Having seen the boat from a distance I knew that’s what I wanted to photograph. However, I didn’t know exactly how until I got closer and explored the scene. As we were walking along the shoreline the ‘stop dead in tracks and take photograph rooted to the spot’ angle was facing the right hand side of the boat. In actual fact, the best angle turned out to be a couple of steps back and right facing the bow of the boat whilst crouching down - all completed in just a few seconds before the dog ran off towards its owner.

Finding the best angle can be difficult as there is no standard formula. Whilst experience counts often it’s down to gut feeling. Moreover, a subtle point is that searching for the best angle doesn’t automatically mean taking lots of photographs although don’t always accept the first shot you take. I’ll return to both these crucially important points in future blog posts. 

   
     

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