Tips On Taking Photos From High-Up
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Photography From A Height - Climb a mountain or stand on a ladder to give your images a different perspective.
Gear:A telephoto lens is useful for pulling distant scenes to you while a wide lens is great when you're trying to get a whole town/city in shot. A tripod's also handy if you're using longer lenses but not always a necessity and they won't be allowed in some locations. If shooting at night, a camera with good low-light capabilities, such as the Canon EOS 70D with its ISO range reaching 12800 for stills, will come in handy. The EOS 70D also features a moveable vari-angle LCD screen which are useful when you're holding a camera above your head or working with a tripod above head-height.
LocationsDon't look for your nearest skyscraper, get in a lift, ride to the top floor and start snapping shots of the city. You'll cause more trouble than it's worth, and there are plenty of other places that don't have huge panes of glass between you and the view.
If you're away you probably have a balcony you can get a few shots from or if your hotel has a roof terrace head up there with your kit and set up somewhere out of the way. Just ask if it's OK to do this first otherwise you could raise a few eyebrows. Look out for observation decks, bridges and even the big wheels that are popping up in cities. These usually take an hour to complete a full circle giving you ample time to get a few cracking shots.
New LookShooting straight down on a building that's been photographed hundreds and hundreds of time will instantly make your shot stand out and it will give you the opportunity to include the near by streets to highlight the shapes and patterns not usually seen. You'll also be able to see how shadows are elongated and help add texture to your image. If you're not far enough away from the town/city all the buildings could appear to be all on the same level so you'll have nothing that distinguishes between foreground or background interest. To combat this problem look for something you can have in your foreground to help break up the shot.
Not So HighIf heights aren't your thing why not try climbing a few steps or even standing on a wall to escape the standard view we usually see in shots. Looking over the banister of a spiral staircase, for example, works well but it is something that's overdone and a little clichéd so be warned.
Try taking a walk up a hill in the countryside near a city and you'll be able to shoot down to capture a cityscape.