10 ways to drive photography snobs mad

10 ways to drive photography snobs mad

How to annoy photography snobs: 07 Converging verticals

Problem No. 3: Converging Verticals

If you tip a camera up when you’re photographing a building the side walls will appear to get closer together as they go upwards away from the camera.

This phenomenon is known as ‘converging verticals’ and it can be avoided by keeping the camera straight-on to the building so the sensor it parallel to the facing wall, or by using a perspective correction or tilt-and-shift lens.

That’s fine if you have enough space to move backward to fit everything in, or you have the money to splash out on an expensive lens, but it’s often not feasible.

Alternatively, you can emphasise the converging verticals effect by using a wideangle lens, going close to the base of the building and tipping the camera up to fit it in.

It can work very well in city alleyways where the buildings on either side seem to lean in on top of you.

PAGE 1 – How to annoy a photography snob: 01 Blown-out highlights
PAGE 2 – How to annoy a photography snob: 02 Soft images
PAGE 3 – How to annoy a photography snob: 03 Visible noise
PAGE 4 – How to annoy a photography snob: 04 Shooting portraits from below eye-level
PAGE 5 – How to annoy a photography snob: 05 No eye contact
PAGE 6 – How to annoy a photography snob: 06 Colourcasts
PAGE 7 – How to annoy a photography snob: 07 Converging verticals
PAGE 8 – How to annoy a photography snob: 08 Tilting horizons
PAGE 9 – How to annoy a photography snob: 09 Imperfect joins
PAGE 10 – How to annoy a photography snob: 10 Great shots from compact cameras

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