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How to shoot stationary objects from birds eye?

 
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Dec 23, 2012 00:41 |  #1

How do you guys shoot shoot stationary objects as if you were looking
down at it? Do you use a tripod that tilt horizontally or just stand over the object?


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Dec 23, 2012 01:07 |  #2

Depends what subject is and what the lighting situation is. Usually, I just shoot hand held.


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Dec 23, 2012 09:55 |  #3

Depends on the subject.

I've stood over something near my feet and looked down. I've stood on a balcony and looked down. I've used a boom arm to extend the camera out a window or off the top of a building. Once even strapped myself into a harness and was hoisted by a crane. (Photos turned out cool, sadly I was just a mildly intelligent tripod for that one as it was someone else's gear and they were doing all the directing, settings, etc. I was the only one on hand that wasn't too scared of heights. Was actually a real challenge, as when you're hanging at the end of a cable you have no real control over which way you're twisting.)

I've also used a number of experimental UAVs and a few million in related equipment, which I think is sadly out of most of our budgets.


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Dec 23, 2012 09:57 |  #4

SkyBaby wrote in post #15398782 (external link)
Depends what subject is and what the lighting situation is. Usually, I just shoot hand held.

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Dec 23, 2012 10:34 |  #5
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I assume you have to be on top of the subject in order to shooting down at it??? Unless you can rig your camera to a 10ft tall poll. And control it with a remote shutter, with a wide angle lens.....


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Dec 23, 2012 10:40 as a reply to  @ TooManyShots's post |  #6

I've hand-held and used a tripod with a horizontal center column (055XPROB).

As others have said, "depends...".


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Dec 23, 2012 10:49 |  #7

thx guys. Obviously I know that it has be taken shooting down at the subject - just wanted to find out what your technique was, whether tripod or hand held. If I needed a tripod I was planning to pick up the Vanguard Alta Pro (external link) since it has the ability to position the center column horizontally like the Manfrotto LV Moose uses.

Here are a few examples of what I'm looking to do:
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http://m.alwecdn.net …offee-Two-Macchiatos.jpeg (external link)


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Dec 23, 2012 11:25 |  #8

First one you posted is actually shot down at an angle, not straight down. (Look at the flooring and the angle it makes at the side of the frame) Second one is easy enough to do hand held, but a good tripod would help if you're making a hobby of that kind of shot.

Another thing that may be handy if you're doing this a lot would be an angled view finder, or use a live view remote on a tablet/computer. (I use http://dslrcontroller.​com/ (external link) and an ASUS android Transformer TF300)


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Dec 26, 2012 16:37 |  #9

itsmejson wrote in post #15399765 (external link)
thx guys. Obviously I know that it has be taken shooting down at the subject - just wanted to find out what your technique was, whether tripod or hand held. If I needed a tripod I was planning to pick up the Vanguard Alta Pro (external link) since it has the ability to position the center column horizontally like the Manfrotto LV Moose uses.

Here are a few examples of what I'm looking to do:
http://www.thingamabab​y.com …8/08/22/bugaboo​_setup.jpg (external link)

http://m.alwecdn.net …offee-Two-Macchiatos.jpeg (external link)

Getting a good tripod that will properly support your gear "should" be among the first/primary purches as you enter into "serious" photography.

'Course, in practice you may be able to do most of your shooting handheld, but there will be those scenes where you find yourself saying "gee, if only..."!


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Dec 26, 2012 19:55 |  #10

My knowledge is minimal compared with all the expertise floating around this forum, but here you go.

Zucchini. I put the plate on a table and stood over it. Handheld.

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Dec 26, 2012 21:12 |  #11

One more, because it illustrates a situation where a tripod wouldn't have been practical even if I'd had one. Sometimes, in macro, you have to get on top of a bug in a hurry. This stonefly was resting on snow. I knelt on the snow. I remember getting cold knees.

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