#Good Challenge: Photographing something big

Before taking photographs, it is crucial to learn to observe your surroundings: large objects or natural features can be spectacular and can capture your and your audience's attention. In order to shoot something big, it’s important to frame your subject correctly and have a good understanding of how perspective works.

Look up by Peter Laurenson

I lay down on the trail on Wellington’s town belt to take this under the canopy image of trees that are being culled in favour of natives. I understand the reasons, yet it still seems a shame to lose this now long-established, tranquil space / Nikon D750, stitch of 3 portrait shots, F9, 1/60, ISO 100, 24mm

Each image conveys sensations given not directly by the subject itself, but by the position, it has in the limited space of the photographic rectangle. It is therefore necessary, not only to decide the position of the big element you're going to shoot with respect to the other elements but also to decide what to include and what to exclude from the frame.

This week, we challenge you to play with perspective, try to make yourself small, and look upwards with your camera. You will immediately notice that the framed subjects will be bigger and taller.

Dark Edifice by Heather Maree Owen

Aucklands Sky Tower, shot with my Zenit fish eye lens on Canon 6

This is a good viewpoint to highlight large buildings such as towers or skyscrapers, but also nature, such as the grandeur of a tree or a mountain. And why not animals, you can have fun making a dog or cat look like an imminent threat or a large, mysterious specimen!

If you want your subject to be bigger than it actually is, you can also practice the forced perspective technique for this #Good Challenge.

Empire State Building by Chris McKeown

Walking around New York City, it's so easy to spend all your time looking up. The Empire State Building blows the mind with it's grandeur.

Forced perspective is when you make distant objects appear larger, smaller, closer, or further away than they really are, compared to the foreground subject, creating interesting images.

Show us your 'big' photos, either the ones you take specifically for this #Good Challenge or that you already have on your hard drive and that fit the theme by submitting them to Exciohub > Submit > Challenges > TOPIC NAME HERE > Create New Post.

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