Join Megan Andersen for an in-depth discussion in this video Using vanishing points in craft photography, part of Advanced Craft Photography.
I'm here in the country, walking around, enjoying the view, and I happen to find this awesome dirt road. What I like about it, is that it goes off into the forest, and it's super beautiful over there. But what else, is that it's a great example of a vanishing point. These two individual dirt paths are parallel, all the way down the road. But way off in the distance, way out, over by the tree line, the path kind of winds and winds. But if you follow it, those two lines come together into a single dot. A single point, a vanishing point.
It's a great way to lead your eye off into the distance to create a sense of motion. And it's perfect for showing off crafts in craft photography. What we've got here, are two parallel lines of little paper pinwheels. It happens to be kind of a windy day, so you might see some of them blowing. But we have these lined up to mimic the, the same path that the vanishing point creates. Over in those forested areas. So, we're going to take this shot down on the ground here and get a nice perspective, get a low angle so maybe you can see some of the path in the background.
But the reason we are doing it is to lead the viewers eye, and to get that sense of motion, and also to recreate a vanishing point. So, let's try that right now. (audio playing) Great. So to get a great photo of a vanishing point you really do want to have a low vantage point, so that you can see the two parallel rows of crafts converge at one single point. Now, if you want to see the entire rows of your crafts, you're going to need to have a nice wide aperture.
I'm shooting at F22 right now. It's really bright out here, but it's keeping everything in focus. My lens is also zoomed all the way out. I'm shooting with a 17 to 40 millimeter, and right now it's at 17, so, down low. it just looks so good. We've got the vanishing point of the actual dirt road behind us with our two lines of crafts, in front of us. This is a great way to shoot a collection of crafts, and keep the viewer's eye traveling all around the composition. And again, it's a great way to just give that little hint of motion. Which is kind of perfect if you have a craft that really does have a, an aspect of motion in it.
I hope you'll give vanishing points in your craft photography a try. (audio playing)
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