Want to know how to take photos from the right angle? Once you have the perfect lighting down, the next thing you need to do is photograph your subject from the right angle. But that can be so hard to do! Well, never fear- I have an awesome tip for you.
Here's the thing: this tip is really, really easy to remember. It is so easy, it's almost common sense. Almost. However, it makes a bit more sense when you hear a story about my little friend- the ugly, frumpy cake.
You see, this cake is homely. It isn't it's fault. I was lazy, I lined my cake pan with parchment paper instead of greasing the pans, I didn't level the sponge, and I didn't cut around the sides for an even circle.
Basically, this cake was an ugly little thing. But man, it was tasty.
So tasty, in fact, I wanted to put it on my blog. The sad part, however, is that this cake was just so homely, I didn't think it was pinnable. It is lopsided, and because it is decorated with oozing jam and powdered sugar, it isn't some fabulous creation that is adorned with modeling chocolate characters and fondant flowers, adorably hiding its imperfections.
So this one, friends, relied solely on my canon and some creativity. Along with great light, I needed to find the right angle to make this little guy shine.
So what is the secret, perfect, no-fail angle you should always shoot your photos at?
Read on to find out.
First I took a picture of the cake from above. Boring. Lumpy. Uneven. Blah. This was NOT the right angle.
I thought an awesome macro shot would work. Because, you know, powdered sugar dusting involves super intricate details. It looked more like mars than a pretty cake.
Maybe my favorite picture background, my front porch, would help the cake.
and tried. Nothing worked. So I kept trying.
Then, something clicked. I found two great spots. One zoomed in on the oooey, gooey strawberry jam filling- and one from the side on the cake stand.
For the second, I literally had to lay down on the concrete on my front steps to get it. But the light was perfect, and the cake looked.... well, not so darn funky.
They aren't the prettiest pictures ever, but hey- they at least look more delicious and not like the frumpy mess in the other photos. So the trick I used? The magic formula to get the right picture?
I tried EVERYTHING! I took about 100 photos. Of one ugly cake. In the same light, in two different spots.
I stood on chairs and shot it looking down. I held my camera so it was facing up at the cake. I shot in close, out far away.
Every. Single. Angle.
That's the secret- the big trick. Try everything you can, and get creative. Move an inch, a step, a foot away from your subject. Shoot it straight on, from the side, from above, from below, zoomed in, panned out- just get moving and find every angle you can until you hit the right spot. Then try three more angles.
Since you are very unlikey to be shooting with actual film, change it up! Digital cameras allow us to just hit "erase", so don't be afraid to take too many pictures. And when you think you know what will work for your subject, don't be afraid or too lazy to vary up your shots. Continue to challenge yourself and try out different angles. It will help you to keep improving!
See, the trick to finding the perfect shot a lot of times is there is no trick. It is persistence, creativity, and sometimes just plain luck. But it is something you CAN do- with an iPhone, a point and shoot, or a DSLR. This may seem like the easiest part of photography- but so many people don't take the time to find the right angles in their shots because they worry so much about lighting,
The fate of the ugly little cake? He was so delicious my hubby and I had to force ourselves not to eat it all at one sitting. You'll see him tomorrow, right here!
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