Grids in images

helen grid deliberate camera sounds Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography


When shooting against a strongly defined background like a grid you need to decide how it will feature in your image. Will it be square to camera? Will it be angled to camera?

Once decided, you must make the choice complete deliberate with no half-measures. A grid slightly angled to camera will look poorly executed - like a grab shot.

Whatever features in your image it must always look deliberate. As an improvisational jazz musician, I discovered that if you play the wrong note once, it sounds accidental. If you play it three times it sounds deliberate.


The curl of Helen's body across the strict defines of the grid provide a strong contrast.

Helen's red hair stands out well against the white marble and the complimentary but lighter toned orange marble.

The hand over one eye is a trick I use often. Only one visible eye often changes the whole sense of an image. There is often a sense of moment, mystery even eroticism in it. Because we are so used to seeing both eyes in an image it raises questions.


We were shooting outdoors on a bright sunny day and the direct light was a complete pain, so we kept moving around our location until we could find a shaded part of the building.

I am standing on a balustrade above Helen, to give as much height as possible and keep my focal length as long as possible.

helen grid deliberate camera sounds Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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