Four Ways to Photograph One Scene

January 26, 2023  •  4 Comments

A simple way to improve your photography is by shooting multiple shots of the same scene, but in a different way.

When I stumble upon or go to a planned location that I wish to capture, I first take in the whole scene. What am I seeing? A main subject? Special lighting? Reflections? Colors? What is it exactly that draws me to this scene?

Once I have identified that, I start deciding how I am going to share this little story and I go through these steps to make sure I capture what I desire.

1. Take a full, widest angle you can of the scene. Capture it all. Now, was it too much? A little messy or busy? Did you need that wide angle to tell the story you want to share? That answer could be yes, but let's try some more!

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2. Now, tighten up that view a little bit.  Can you see clearly what you are trying to capture or is it still lost in the bigger scene? Maybe it's perfect.

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3. Next, come in tight. Focus on the one object you chose. Did it pull away from everything around it? Does it look like it is the star of the show or does it need a little bit more of the story around it, brought back into the view? 

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4. Be sure to turn your camera into the vertical position too. Sometimes that allows you to isolate or focus on your main subject and can give a different feel all together.

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Look at what you captured. Did the close-up surprise you with a "stronger" image or maybe did it lose something? On your widest angle, did you happen to see things on the outside edges of the images that did not contribute anything to your scene or maybe it was exactly as needed.

Which angle (telephoto, vertical, horizontal, or wide-angle) captured what you wanted to freeze in time?

What is amazing, is that this will change every time! Continue to practice all four steps as you are out and about with your smart phone or your camera. You will find that this becomes second nature to you. You will eventually start seeing the shots in your mind, but I still encourage you to try out these different steps. Someday you will be sad that you didn't get a vertical shot of that one scene that would have been perfect on that magazine cover! ;)

Oh! By the way, these photos were all shot with my iPhone 12 PM on a gorgeous morning in spectacular golden light! 

Below is another example of getting multiple shots of one location to find your favorite composition and story to tell!

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Comments

Gold coast wedding photography(non-registered)
In this article, we'll look at some novel ways to take pictures of the same scene from various angles. It inspires creative risk-taking in terms of composition, lighting, and angle-taking. The four methods outlined here can be used as jumping-off points for photographing interesting and original subjects. In the comments, readers demonstrate their interest in and approval of the concepts offered, expanding upon them with personal anecdotes and observations. Photographers looking to free their imaginations and record multiple angles of a situation may find this article to be an invaluable guide.
commercial photography Sydney(non-registered)
This blog post provides information and advice on various methods for capturing a single scene. Even if the offered link takes you to the comments, the primary text probably offers helpful tips on composition, lighting, and inventive methods for capturing various viewpoints and moods within a scene. For photographers trying to broaden their artistic vision, the post is probably both educational and inspirational.
Lisa Mize Photography
Thank you so much, Bev! I am glad that you felt the emotion I was trying to share.
Beverly Patterson(non-registered)
Your picture of the briar thorns startled me. Especially in B/W. I can feel the emotion of the picture.
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