To make abstract images with your EOS DSLR

Whether you are somewhere strange or take pictures of the familiar neighborhood, it’s always worth trying to break new ground in the recording – for more interesting, distinctive images. Hermann Zrzodelny explained to us some nice tips and tricks that we can try on the EOS DSLR series.


Select another perspective

You probably do like most people your shots while standing and at eye level. Hermann Zrzodelny showed us that when the Live View image (and, when available, the Vari-angle LCD display) use on your camera, you are able to take pictures from far more interesting positions.

Try time: Hold the camera close to the ground and align the swiveling LCD screen so that you can look at it from above. Or attach a shot over the heads of a crowd away the camera on a monopod and swivel the display down. You can then hold the camera up and see what is going on – a very unusual view from your normal position.

use the Live View mode

In Live View mode, the current image section is displayed in real time on the display. This live image view can be the focal point individually select which expands the creative possibilities. If your camera has a touch screen that is even easier. To do so, the AF mode, the camera on the live mode and you need the touch screen easy to touch only where the camera should focus.


Use the strap as a hand strap

When shooting from a high vantage point on a scene of you, you need to have the camera under control. Hermann Zrzodelny explained to Wrap the strap around the wrist – which stabilizes the camera when shooting while protecting against it falling down accidentally.

freeze movement

Moving subjects are well suited for unusual shots of moments that we usually see. To freeze the motion of a subject in the image, you need a short exposure time. The exact exposure time depends upon factors such as the speed of the subject and its distance to you. To freeze the movement of people choose your camera mode Sport or select the Shutter Priority (Tv mode) and a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. Or shorter.

Detect contrasts

Bright, direct sunlight casts dark shadows. This high-contrast lighting effect works well for attractive images. However, if you take pictures on a bright, sunny day, the visible to the contrast is higher than can be captured by the camera. To compensate, many EOS cameras offer the HDR mode backlit subject. You can find this entry in the Special Scene area (SCN) on the mode dial. In this mode, the camera will make a row of three shots with different exposures of your subject and then automatically combined into one image, which then is characterized by a significantly better contrast than the frame.


Best results from low perspective

Images from low perspective act dynamically – but it can happen (much sky in the picture) with appropriate image composition that, due to an improper exposure, the articles are too dark in the foreground. With a positive exposure compensation can compensate for the – the whole image gets lighter.

Ready for the perfect moment

Hermann Zrzodelny said that If you take a picture with your camera on monopod mounted over the heads of a crowd of time, it is perhaps too far away from you to release the shutter at the right moment. Enables remote firing of your camera is depending on the camera model of remote release RS-60E3 or RS-80N3. If your camera has Wireless LAN, you can also alternatively look on your smartphone the live image and trigger at the right moment.

Always aligned correctly

Each camera has an Intelligent Orientation sensor for detecting the position of the camera format – landscape or portrait format. This will ensure that the images are displayed correctly on the screen of the camera or on the PC. However, if you shoot directly up or down, the orientation sensor detects potentially incorrect format Location: therefore deactivate the camera settings (yellow), the function “Auto-rotate” to get all the images in an identical format position.


In Black And White “see”

When recording of abstract images, the key elements of change: Instead of the color now is more about textures, contrast, shadows and shapes. As per Hermann Zrzodelny, If you set your camera in the Bildsil “Monochrome” and maybe even a yellow filter have added, you can see the black and white image on the camera screen and imagine better how the scene will look like without colors. When the camera stores images in RAW format, you can adjust back to their original values ​​later on the PC, the colors.

Make the most of multiple exposures

Some EOS cameras offer the possibility of multiple exposure, where moving subjects are less apparent at several points in the image and static elements (for example, houses) are displayed normally. Place the camera in place, ideally on a tripod, and select multiple exposure mode is set to “average”. Set the camera on at least three images, a press for a few seconds on the trigger. After recording, the camera adds the frames together – at the places where something has moved, the objects appear shadowy and less clearly visible. The more frames in the sequence, the less will be visible in the image, the moving subjects.

Impressive make time-lapse movies

With the acquisition of an image sequence over a period of hours, you can create a beautiful time-lapse movie with the camera. Some EOS cameras can be controlled using the Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3. It is connected to the camera and allows you to shoot with a set interval over several hours. The EOS 7D Mark II has the menu on a built-in timer for interval shooting, which works on a similar principle.

The next step: Once you have taken your time-lapse sequence, superimpose it in the post with a picture without people – that gives the impression of a bustling city was deserted indeed. A good example comes from Ross Ching and his “Empty America” ​​project here. And here you will learn how it was made.

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