Photography Tip – Look Up

28 02 2010

In my previous post, I shared a photo of the dome ceiling at the University of Virginia’s Rotunda. That got me to thinking about another similar shot. Apparently I enjoy taking photos of domes. The photo below was taken in the Chapel on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy. This led me to recall a photography tip that I read about a few years ago.

A lot of things happen over our heads. Some things are man made and others are natural. The ceiling in my living room has a ceiling fan and a textured finish. A textured finish isn’t put on a ceiling for anything more than being pleasant to the eye. In more complex buildings ceilings include domes, arches, lines, and curves. All of these are things often appealing to the eye. In nature trees grow over us and clouds float by. For some people jokes exist in a realm above the head. And if you don’t get what that means, I’m talking about you. Regardless of where you are, many opportunity for good photographs exist above our heads.

All of that being said, it’s very easy to forget to look up. Most of the things we look at do not require much tilt of the head and neck. Whether you’re clicking photos with an iPhone, a point-and-shoot camera, or something more complex look up and see what your options are. Give your neck some exercise!

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5 responses

28 02 2010
martinsoler

Totally agree with you. And some nice shots btw. I often look up, my girlfriend has now understood that it isn’t something weird but that I am looking for interesting points of view.
http://martinsoler.com/category/hdr/

28 02 2010
Gayle

Love the tips, great pics. Thanks for the comment and the visit. I will bookmark you, I am trying to learn photography.

1 03 2010
lwroffee

Sorry, Accidently hit return. Your photo is really unique, and that is hard to do in one of the most photographed places in DC.

7 12 2010
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20 11 2011
Marinus

Hi there,
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