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Exercise 2.3

Choose a subject in front of a background with depth. Select your shortest focal length and take a close low viewpoint, below your subject. Find a natural point of focus and take the shot.

You’ll see that a very wide lens together with a close viewpoint creates extreme perspective distortion. Gently receding lines become extreme diagonals and rounded forms bulge towards the camera. Space appears to expand. The low viewpoint adds a sense of monumentality, making the subject seem larger than it is, and tilting the camera adds to the effect as vertical lines dramatically converge. Not the ideal combination for a portrait shot!

For this exercise, I took a shot around Hucknall Train Station.  For this shot I used a Canon 7D (crop sensor) with a Canon 70-300mm lens set at ISO 200 and shutter priority 1/250, f/8, 70mm.

The following shot was taken:


By taking the shot from below, the top of the card reader appears wider than it should. If this were a human face, shooting from this perspective would give an odd shaped result!