Are you looking for interesting, new photo ideas to try out? Here’s one you can try in your local town centre.
Fine-art photographer Adam Magyar wanted to capture aerial shots of a city square from a great height, but the perfect location didn’t seem to exist. Without a city to help him, he decided to make a composite photo.
“I knew what image I wanted,” he says, “but no city had what I wanted to see. That’s when I decided to create that image.”
Adam’s artificial aerial images are assembled from hundreds of photos. Each person in the picture passed by the same spot on a walkway at different times, and they were shot from a pedestrian bridge just a few metres above. “The key to creating the illusion,” Adam says, “is the precise creation of perspective.
“To achieve this, the shots had to be taken from various angles, so I made sketches and measurements of how much I had to move between the shots. The larger the difference between the angles, the lower the optical height will be in the resulting image.”
To do it yourself…
Find a bridge over a busy walkway. The path below needs to be clean and uniform, or stand-out defects will be revealed as a pattern.
Identify a target, then mount a camera on a tripod and position it so that it’s pointing down at 90°. Aim the centre crosshair at the target.
Zoom in so that the passing pedestrians fill the frame, and shoot them as they pass below.
Move the tripod to the left (and later to the right) by a few inches and shoot again, altering the camera angle to aim at the same target.
Repeat the process several times, then combine all of your shots in Photoshop.
Or, for a visual guide of how he did this, check out the videos below from his presentation to the Society for Photographic Education conference in Atlanta last year.