Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My secret life as a dog

Some years ago an innovative film maker strapped a  movie camera onto a small trolley and dragged it along the footpaths. His idea was to show the world from the point of view of a dog. Then , there was the famous 1986 Swedish film 'My Life as a Dog'.

The point here is that if you want to guarantee getting boring photographs that send your audience to sleep, then take them all from the same height.  Five foot one inch is the best height to achieve those predictable boring shots. Whether they be landscapes, people shots, street scenes or flowers - shoot them all from  exactly the same height! Boredom guaranteed!

There's no excuse for not bending your knees or your back. However, the easiest solution is simply to use a wide angle lens ands place your camera gently on the ground. With a wide angle or fish eye lens you don't have to actually look through the viewfinder.

Many cameras these days have LCD's that rotate so you can still see the image without laying in the gutter or getting gravel rash.

So next time you want to create a different perspective float like a butterfly, sting like a bee but think like a dog.

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