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Turn an Obstacle into Creativity | Tips & Tricks Tuesday

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Tips & Tricks Tuesday, so I thought I’d do a quick one today…

Last weekend, I was at my nephew’s football game. Their team won, and I wanted to capture him running towards us on the field. The only problem is that I had already exited the bleachers, so I had a big chain link fence in front of me.

While this may present itself as an obstacle, it doesn’t have to be! Whenever you have something in your way, try to think of a creative way to frame it so that instead of ruining your shot, it adds interest. In my case, I had my wide angle lens on, so I had no chance of eliminating the fence altogether. Instead, I used the fence as a frame in my foreground, which gave you the “look and feel” of a football game. Since it was in the foreground it blurred itself out, and my main subject matter was still easily captured.

And you don’t have to have a big fancy camera to get this effect! Use your iPhone or Smartphone. You can get the same effect, or better yet, you may be able to avoid the fence altogether by putting the phone’s lens level with the fence and peeking through one of the openings. If not, though– a well-placed Smartphone should be able to get this shot on a well-lit day.

I know a lot of you out there are parents and grandparents of kids in sports, so I’ll try to post another one soon about fast-moving shots!

PS- my nephew, Noah, is #81. I’m so proud of them for beating an undefeated team!

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