A Matter of Perspective

Showing up at a location, setting up your tripod and start firing away, says Ian Plant, can potentially result in not getting the best image out of the location. Take some time to explore and familiarize yourself with the surroundings first

Ansel Adams once famously said, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” Although his statement is arguably somewhat glib (as most pithy quotes are) and doesn’t completely capture the entire range of factors which can make or break a picture, it is nonetheless a very good point. Where the photographer is relative to elements of the photographed scene will determine, in large part, how those elements interact and overlap. Standing in the wrong place can ruin the potential of a great scene, whereas finding the right place (or one of several right places, as there rarely is only one) can often be the key to success. This, in large part, is why I encourage people to...

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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