Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tunnel Vision Photographers

Tunnel Vision is  a disease where the photographer can only see in one direction. They think there is only one way of doing something. There's just one way to operate their camera.
Miss Wanda +/- = -2

In photography, if you follow these practices, you might have developed Tunnel Vision.
If so you can apply for a Level 4 Boring Photographer Certificate of Competency.

Tunnel Vision Photographers - what they do ….
  1. They shoot every photograph from eye level. (For me that's 5'3")
  2. They shoot every shot in Manual (M) because a 'guru' told them that's for pro's.
  3. Their portrait subjects are posed, passive, and lacking all signs of emotion.
  4. They're too scared to use 6400 ISO because you might get noise (or herpes!)
  5. Most importantly, they haven't studied how light works.
Alex +/- -2.7
So here's what I did. 
First, I found a tunnel.
I checked the next train wasn't due for 12 minutes.Tunnels are great to experiment with your camera.

The reasons tunnels are so good is the subject is lit by sidelight not front light so modelling and 3D take place. At the opening of the tunnel the contract is greatest.
Towards the middle of the tunnel the lighting is even. If you get lucky you may even get a bit of wrap-around lighting.

I sat on the ground for some shots. I got my subjects to sit on the ground for others to change the camera angle. I bumped the ISO up to 1000 and I modified exposure by -2 stops to compensate for light subject/dark background.
Whoops, taking a few risks here. Yep!
Suzi +/- 0
Made a few mistakes as well. Guess what, the sky never fell in (and I didn't contact herpes).

Quiz: One of these portraits was not shot in a tunnel. It was shot in a lane. Which one?

Discover how to see the light, take risks and become  amore adventurous photographer.
Your camera will love you for it! Here's your chance to experiment with the Tunnel of Love rather than Tunnel Vision. 

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