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Rick Strobaugh
Shooting POV - Point-of-View. One objective of shooting your photos should be to  make the viewer feel that they are right in the photo and action, whether sports or  landscape subjects. We often see photos that are more of a documentation of a  scene but don't create much of an emotional contact. Making the viewer feel like  they just stepped right into the photo, helps create that emotional involvement. Two  of the best ways to do this is to get in close, very close to the action or scene and  shoot with a wide angle lens. The wider and the closer, the more impact.  As I always mention, an interesting foreground is so important and being close to it,  makes the viewer feel like they are more involved in the photograph. They should  feel like they could reach out and touch it. The foreground should just be the start of  the viewer traveling deeper into the photo. You should have a definite direction you  want the viewer to travel to the main subject or action that is taking place. Using a wide angle lens helps give more of a feeling of "place", where you are and  what is happening in the scene. Being in very close with a wide angle lens helps pull  the viewer right in the middle of the photograph. Being further away from the action,  will often include peripheral stuff that will be distracting or not contributing to the  main attraction, thus, less involvement. This is why vertical composition is often  more effective than horizontal in narrowing the coverage area to just the most  interesting composition. Try shooting different perspectives other than the standard, everyday shot at  standing, eye level. Getting low or high, gives totally different perspectives than  people usually see, thus making it more interesting and involved to the viewer. This  is one of the reasons drone photography is so popular now, a totally different  perspective is accomplished. None of this will make a boring or uninteresting subject/scene suddenly become an  attention grabbing photograph though. There has to be something interesting  enough going on in the photo that it will make a viewer stop and study your photo  rather than just glancing at it.      Rick Strobaugh Mentor Chair 909 795 4034
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Our next Mentoring session will just prior to our Member's Night meeting on October 16. Meeting time will be 5:30 at the church. Please contact me at to give me any subjects that you would like to discuss. That way, I know I will be covering subjects that you are interested in rather than guessing what to cover. This is for any level member that would like to learn more about any particular area of photography. If your schedule requires you to be late, no problem, we will be in the back, northwest corner of the main room, near where the light controls are. Makes it a little quieter.
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