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Photographing people and tall objects together

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In three simple steps, let’s observe what happens when…

We are looking at a beautiful building or some monument and want our picture with it. First reaction is to pull out camera and try to shoot from wherever we are — which is usually close to the building. It causes distortion and people appearing tiny in front of a large structure, if it fits at all.

Next we quickly learn that if the photographer walks a little, we can reduce the distortion. However, faces still remain mysterious dots on many occasions.

So next time you want a memorable photograph in which your grand kids can identify you… everyone take a walk away from the building and then shoot.

Here’s an example:

These windmills are *very* tall, the yellow toy you see there is a large crane. It would be impossible to tell any person’s face from this distance.

And here’s Pritam’s photo with the windmill… he is standing on a small hill, giving advantage for avoiding distortion while still being close enough to the windmill.

Hope this tip helps 😉



Written by hiway

August 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

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  1. Nice trick on photographing people and tall things… write on.


    August 5, 2010 at 8:25 am

  2. @Jayram: 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

    Harshad Sharma

    August 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm

  3. hey buddy, nice… good to know tricks…


    August 8, 2010 at 6:22 am

  4. Simple trick; Well explained

    Rakesh R

    December 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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