Through the Path Lens: Keeping Perspective

In photography, as in life, perspective is what distinguishes a moment in time from a simple snapshot. Memories are often conjured up from fine details: the smell of salt air, the nubby texture of a sweater, the sound of tires on gravel. Approaching an image with a unique perspective in mind enables us to express the way we experience and remember.

“Depth of field” refers to the distance between the nearest and furthest objects in an image. Notice how these components can complement each other when setting up your frame.
 
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No matter how expansive the scene, try honing in on and capturing the elements that are physically closest to you.
 
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Look for instances of natural framing. What matters is the subject that is being spotlighted, not the object doing the framing. This allows you to guide the eye to the most important part of your image.
 
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When setting up your shot, step back and consider the placement of your point of interest, or the most important part of your image. Placing this point off-center often creates more visual energy, and can open up the frame to include surprising surrounding elements.
 
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Ultimately, these are just suggestions for capturing photo moments on Path. The only real rule of perspective is to use your own. Focus on what matters to you most. Then you’ll be able to share moments with your loved ones just as you experience them. You distill a moment in time forever, like a ship in a bottle. It’s yours to keep.
 
                                         -Nell Frabotta, User Relations