Photo Tip: Shoot Wide, Shoot Low

Todays shooting tip comes from a personal experience while out walking in our new neighbourhood and shooting with Sony’s new Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2 and the trusty Alpha A850. We are fortunate to have a lot of Jacaranda trees in the area and combined with the recent rain the pavement was covered in the purple flowers and mushrooms.

I admit, I seldom shoot with wide angle lenses so this presented me with an opportunity to try something new… but what?

I switched over to manual focus, stopped down to f/8-11 and (due to the lack of Live View – come on Sony, Nikon, Canon, some of the pro bodies deserve this with a rotating LCD) held the camera to the ground and guessed what I was getting through the viewfinder (I was not keen to lie on any of the bees hovering over the ground).

There is a whole new perspective on the world when you shoot wide and get down low, try it some time, even if you don’t have a really wide angle lens, then hire it and explore a whole new world from down low.