Stand Out From the Crowd: Look for Shapes

Standing at North Avenue Beach on our photo walk in January, I’m thinking to myself, “We are all standing in the same place shooting toward the same set of buildings. How do I make something different than everyone else.” Over the next week or so, I’m going to share some of my favorite ways of getting a final image that is different than the one taken by the person you’re standing next to.

On our photo walk, I framed this shot to accentuate the shapes and lines rather than the subjects. The image is more about the shape of the space between the buildings than the buildings themselves. Look for interesting shapes, patterns, and leading lines in your subject to go way beyond what the person next to you has.


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When I’m not staying up all night figuring out the details of our next Out of Chicago Conference, you’ll find me at the park with our son and daughter, playing my guitar, out on the golf course, or following my favorite (Detroit) sports teams. I love Chicago, but I’ll always root for my Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, Michigan sports, and Pistons.

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  • How are you exposing a shot like this? Spot meter on the sky? Spot meter on the buildings? Matrix metering?

  • Hey Stephen,

    I should have said that. I actually expose this the way that I do almost all of my shots. I use Live View. I put the camera in manual and set the aperture I want. From there I adjust the shutter speed around until it looks good to my eye. In this case, I like the colors and the design that I saw on the back of my camera so I stopped here.


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