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Shooting on the wonk

Shooting at angle seems to be very fashionable right now – so here’s how to do it nicely.

Two things you should do:

1. Make sure that the angle is enough so that it looks as if the shot was taken on purpose. If it looks like you have one leg slightly longer than the other, it’s not really sufficiently wonky.

2. Try to run features into the corners – this helps with composition makes the picture look considered and not random.

Wonky shooting sometimes means that you can actually fit in a scene that can’t be done in portrait or landscape orientation. (It got rid of tourists, buses, pickpockets etc in the Big Ben pic, for example).
But beware – this is a high-fashion look, and it will date as fast as, say, Lady Gaga! Make sure you have some conventional pics to go with your wonky stuff.

All these pics were taken on our lovely little Canon G9 when I was scouting for London locations with Peter Hall, who teaches car photography and motorsports photography for us. The G9 is great as a camera to keep in your pocket when you can’t be lugging around a dirty great big SLR. Working professionals do this all the time – see Leon Neal’s blog – but he uses a £700 Lumix where we’d recommend a £200 G9. Leon has a bigger budget than we do! After all, it’s the quality of the picture that matters – no-one cares what camera you used, what chair you had to stand on or what post-production you did, as long as the picture does the job!

  1. Couldn’t be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old school mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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