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What’s up DGC!  Today I’m here to talk to you about PERSPECTIVE, and the role it plays when taking cannabis pictures.

Where you stand when you view the world has a huge effect on how you see things.  As we travel through our daily lives, we see the world from our own unique personal view.

Perspective can be used as a tool to convey the mood or to help others see the world in a new way.  Photography gives us an opportunity to capture a moment of our unique perspective and share it with others.

Perspective is a powerful tool, and being mindful of perspective while taking photos will help you to more effectively share YOUR unique perspective through photography.  Here’s some examples of ways you can use perspective to better tell YOUR story through photos.

GET CLOSE!

When cruising through life, we often forget to stop and notice the details. Getting up close and personal with your subject can help capture fine details and give your pictures a sense of wonder.  Getting close can help capture the little details we often miss, and gives people viewing your photo a more intimate view of what YOU saw when taking the photo.  Getting up close and personal with something helps people viewing your photo imagine what it would be like to be that close themselves.

Getting up close and personal with a bud, helps people imagine what it would be like to hold that bud in their own hand.

Jazz, Grown by Soup, Bred by Heroes of the Farm.

More Jazz, Grown by Soup, Bred by Heroes of the Farm.

Ladies Night #7, (daughter of Jazz) grown and bred by Soup

Getting really close with insects, flowers and other small subjects can convey a sense of size and wonder.  We don’t often get to see small things in this kind of detail in our everyday life.  Close up photos of something small can be really interesting and exciting because they capture a view we might not normally get to experience.

Bug from my backyard.  Closeups of insects are fun and show us a view we don’t often get to see.

A bee visiting a crimson clover flower in my yard. Close ups help show details we often miss, like the tiny little bits of pollen on the flower.

Get REALLY Close with a Macro Lens

Tools like a macro lens allow you to get EVEN CLOSER to your subject to capture even more small detail.  Macro lenses are special lenses designed to allow focusing on subjects that are REALLY CLOSE to the camera.  You can even get clip on lenses for your smartphone (like the one pictured above).

Check out my previous article all about clip on lenses for more information:  Take Better Pics- Clip on Lenses

Here’s a few pictures I took with my phone and a clip on macro lens:

Ladies Night #7, Grown and bred by Soup

Midnight Splendor, Grown by Soup, clone from DarkHeart Nursery

BACK UP to take in the whole scene

Getting close can show a unique perspective, but so can stepping back to take in the whole scene.  Stepping back and zooming out can help show the majesty of the setting, and capture a sense of size.  In a grow situation, stepping back to photograph the whole garden can really help capture the full “grow room experience” and give a sense of what it feels like to actually be there.

Stepping back to capture the whole scene can help give people a sense of what it’s like to be in the room.  Imagine feeling the breeze from the fan as you walk along next to the plants.

Imagine being here.  The SK600s beaming down. The smells of cannabis, tomato plants, basil and soil. The breeze of the fans blowing past you and the giant aloe plant gently poking you in the legs as you walk past.  Pictures can help capture the feeling of being in the room.

Angles Make Things More Exciting

People rarely view the world from a “straight on” perspective unless they are choosing to do so consciously.  Most of the time we are observing things while MOVING through a three dimensional world.  For this reason we often visually connect with images taken from a slant or angle.

As a photographer, you can use this to make your pictures more dramatic and exciting.  Adding some angles to your pictures can make them feel more natural and “human” since this is closer to how we typically experience the world.

Some newly acquired clones in my quarantine tent.  I keep new plants in here for 2-4 weeks before introducing them to the main grow. The angle of the photo helps capture the feeling of checking out the tent while you walk past.

Here the angle of the photo helps capture that feeling of “stopping to smell the flowers”. Don’t you want to just stick your nose in there and take a sniff?

Ladies Night bud falling over.  Angles add excitement!

“SIT OSCAR! GOOD BOY!” This picture of my dog is a good example of how angle and perspective can make your photos feel more “human” or natural.

 

Stand Some where Weird!

Trying to capture the “human point of view” can make your pictures more interesting, but trying to capture weird perspectives humans don’t normally experience can be really effective too.  One of the best bits of advice I’ve received as a photographer is “Don’t be afraid to move around!”.  When you’re taking pictures, don’t be afraid to move your own viewpoint to try weird new perspectives you’ve never experienced before.

What does your grow look like while you’re…

Laying on the floor looking straight up?

Standing on a ladder looking straight down?

Standing in the MIDDLE of the canopy surrounded by leaves?

(Maybe you should try it?)

Don’t be afraid to get weird!  Sometimes it doesn’t work and just looks silly, but occasionally you’ll capture something special and get a magical opportunity to see something familiar in a whole new way.

Laying on the floor, camera aimed up towards the lights. Try it!

Standing on a step ladder, surveying the majestic canopy.

With the camera leaned against one of the lights looking down. The Spectrum Kings gaze down upon their kingdom.

Huge tree in my yard, camera leaned against the trunk looking straight up into the canopy.

I was laying on the ground trying to get a picture of the light coming through this lemon balm plant when I noticed a little garden spider hiding on the underside of a leaf. Hey there little buddy!

Play with Light

Light is how our eyes (and our cameras) take in the visual world.  Tweaking lighting conditions or getting creative with natural light can help create interesting and dramatic pictures.  Lighting is a big topic that I hope to cover more in a future photography article, but for now, here’s some examples of how you can creatively use light in your photography.

Back/Top lighting can help show extreme frostiness.  Ladies Night #7 showing off.  This lady means business.

Grow lights can make photography tricky sometimes, but you can also get creative and have some fun with the effects they create.

My favorite pipe. Nice and clean, drying in the sun. Sunlight and glass interact in interesting ways and can be a lot of fun to photograph.

Control Your Background

Most photos have a main “subject” they are focused on, but the mood and message of the photo are also impacted by everything else going on in the background.  What you DON’T include in a photo can be just as important as what you do.  Sometimes the background can help add context and detail to the story of the photo, in other situations it can be a distraction that takes away from the main focus.

As the person behind the camera, it’s your job to “control” the background of your photo.  This can be done by staging your shot ahead of time, but it can also be done by changing your perspective or by manipulating camera settings to tweak things like the depth of field.  Backgrounds and depth of field are another big subject that I hope to cover more in a future article, but for now, here’s some examples of how backgrounds can have a big effect on your photos.

Same pipe as the picture above, but with a very different background (and dirty). The change in background makes it a completely different picture with a completely different mood.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE… Here the background creates a feeling of being lost in the plants. The cola in the center is the main focus of the picture, but the background creates the mood.  It also creates a sense of messiness and chaos that might not be what you want.  Its up to the photographer to control the background to capture the mood they are going for.

Here I used the camera settings to manipulate the depth of field. The background fades out while the bud in the foreground comes into focus.  This captures a very different mood than the chaotic picture above.

Time is the Hidden 4th Dimension

Did I just blow your mind?  GOOD!

Perspective isn’t just about WHERE you are, it’s also about WHEN you are.  Being at the right place at the right TIME can help you capture a magical moment and turn it into a special photo.  Being in the right place at the right time requires a bit of luck, but you can also maximize your chances of capturing a special moment by being observant and always keeping a camera handy.  These days most of us have a camera phone in our pocket at all times, so keep your eyes open and be ready to use it when that special moment arrives.

Seeds… one minute they are in the ground, the next thing you know they are little plants.  Its like magic!  Here I was lucky enough to capture that special moment when a seedling breaks ground. Welcome to the world little one!

Oscar checking on the seedlings. Pets are a never ending supply of funny moments just waiting to be captured.  Adopt a pet, it will change your life!

The birth of a seed. That special moment when something new joins the world. Here’s a seed about to fall out of a pollinated lower bud in my breeding tent. The white thing on the left is a stray male flower that fell off the male plant during pollination.

Time can also give you a unique perspective of change

Try taking a photo of your grow from the same spot every week.  Try to position your camera in the same place and aim it at the same thing when you take your weekly picture.  It helps to mark the spot you are taking the picture from.  You can also use a tripod or something else like a nearby shelf or upturned bucket to help you hold the camera in the same place for each picture.

Jazzin things up! My Jazz grow from a few years ago. Late veg all the way to finished bud.

Your perspective in space will stay the same, but your perspective in TIME will change dramatically.  Taking pictures like this can help capture growth and changes overtime and give you a unique perspective.  Seeing how things change and grow overtime can be truly magical, especially in the garden!

That’s all for now!  Thanks for reading!

I hope this guide will inspire you to get out there and take some pictures of your own.  We all have a unique perspective, get out there and capture a slice of yours to share with others!

If you enjoyed this article, please check out my other photography articles HERE

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