Welcome to Through the Lens!

For today’s tip, I’d like to share a street photography technique I’ve learned overtime. It’s just a simple trick, but it helps in the overall look of your photo.

Have you ever tried taking a photo of someone crossing the street or running? In most cases, the photo will look better with his feet and legs apart as opposed to closed together. One trick to getting this shot is to time the person’s steps by counting. When he steps, start counting. By the time he gets to the spot you’re planning to capture, you will know when to click the shutter so his feet are apart forming an inverted V.

If you start counting and match his rhythm and tempo, you’ll know when to click the shutter while his feet are apart.

For example, in the header photo, I saw a guy running. From where I was standing, I saw a spot where I wanted to click the shutter. I waited and started counting till he got to the spot that I wanted to capture the photo. Since his pace was in line with my counting, his feet were apart when he got to the spot. You get plus points if his feet are off the ground by even just a few centimeters.

What I consider the cherry on top in this particular photo: the feet are off the ground, the Superman print shirt, and the head silhouette just to balance it out.

If you want to practice this simple trick, try to shoot in a pedestrian crossing lane. Try it in Colon, those with islands where you can wait safely.

Here are the featured artists this week:

"Paint your own sky."

“Paint your own sky.” Photo by John Lemuel Goden (@lemm.g)

 

"People should be fascinated by the fact that the people around them are happy & content, instead of grumbling and putting them down, which is much worse."

“People should be fascinated by the fact that the people around them are happy & content, instead of grumbling and putting them down, which is much worse.” Photo by Lex & Debb (@projectlxd)

"A tiny little me in a sea of darkness. That little light of work, illuminating my tired yet demuring face. Portraying the narcissist in everyone of us... "

“A tiny little me in a sea of darkness. That little light of work, illuminating my tired yet demuring face. Portraying the narcissist in everyone of us… ” Photo by Charmie Quiapo (@strangerouss)

"Wet Market"

“Wet Market” Photo by Raffy ( @rafaelgandi )

"Oh FanDanggit baby. Cebu is known for its danggit (“dang-git”)—salted, sun-dried rabbitfish (a.k.a. spinefoot), which are abundant and native to the island’s shallower waters. The fish are split open, cleaned, salted, and spread out on drying racks under the sun."

“Oh FanDanggit baby. Cebu is known for its danggit (“dang-git”)—salted, sun-dried rabbitfish (a.k.a. spinefoot), which are abundant and native to the island’s shallower waters. The fish are split open, cleaned, salted, and spread out on drying racks under the sun.” Photo by John Philip (@whitebeard9)

"knth x ptrck"

“knth x ptrck” Photo by Lem Loyola ( @lemtong )

"How deep is your love? Is it like the ocean? "

“How deep is your love? Is it like the ocean? ” Photo by Vanz Llamas ( @shervanz )

"One way to get most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure."

“One way to get most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” Photo by Nicko Real (@nickoreal)

"Ang bata nga nanginhas. Last na ni."

“Ang bata nga nanginhas.” Photo by Carl Lindl Silvela (@cerearlkiller)

Untitled

Untitled. Photo by Nikko Tan ( @afrostywaytospeak )

Any favorites from this week? Tell us in the comment box below. We would love to hear from you! 🙂

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Scott Pacaldo

A Creative. Street & Docu / Lifestyle & Commercial Photographer. Inspirations from arts,music, and films. Influences deeply rooted in Cebu + Japanese Culture. Follow at @eeskaatt.

 

 

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