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Photography 101: Big

Today, think big. Offer a unique point of view as you photograph something of great size.

Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

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Today, let’s go big. Whether inside or outside, photograph something of massive size. But feel free to interpret big in your own way, and get creative with your shot. Capture all or just part of the subject. Place it in the foreground so it takes up the entire frame. Or shoot it from afar so it appears smaller — yet still prominent. Here, I’ve placed the pyramids at Giza in the background, while focusing on a pile of rocks in the foreground:

Tip: Once you’ve chosen your subject, move around to experiment with your POV, or point of view. Earlier in this course, you’ve moved forward and backward, and perhaps climbed to a higher level to capture your images. Today, crouch or lie on the ground to get an interesting angle — which is great for capturing skyscrapers — or walk around your subject, if you can, to examine every possible perspective.

What does it look like from behind, or from above? How does the view change if you peer between or over or through something? Surprise us and present big through your eyes.

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