- All right, in this first scenario, we're gonna take a look at how we can use a telephoto lens in order to capture a photograph of a person within a landscape and what I wanna do is work with this beautiful tree. It's one of my favorite elements of this landscape here and rather than using it as a backdrop, I'm gonna ask our subject Makayla to really step into the scene and then we'll explore how we can create a good image there and I'll start off by working with that scenario and creating some images which maybe aren't so good and then progressively look at how we can make those photographs better.
Okay, so I've asked Makayla to stand in the tree. I'm gonna start off by showing you some photographs that aren't really gonna work. So, first, I'm using a telephoto lens and so, I'm gonna be able to get really close but you'll notice that it's kind of cluttered, so let me take a couple photos to show you what I mean. So, right now I'm gonna zoom in really close so you can see this and maybe scoot a little bit this way. Keep going, right there.
(camera snaps) So, what we're seeing right now is that it started off, she was kind of too blending into the tree and then I had her step out and that's a little bit better but the background is really cluttered and when you shoot with a telephoto lens, backgrounds are really, really important. So, what I need to do is move and reposition myself so that I have a clear background. So, I'm gonna do that. I'll step this way. This image is going to be one where we can see that there's a little bit too much of the background of the point back there showing in.
So, if I keep stepping this way, it's gonna open up a little bit more like this one right here. It's getting better and I'm just gonna keep trying to compose and then I'll move over even farther because I wanna a little bit of that relief of the point in the background to show through and this is great, Makayla. And this one it's starting and Makayla, look towards me, yeah, just like that. It's starting to look better. The only trouble that I'm having with this shot is that it's kind of like she's just standing there and not really connected.
So, if you feel like the subject isn't really part of the environment, try different movements or postures. With this one maybe try sitting down and so, I'm gonna have her sit down and what that can do is, at least in this case, kind of connects her into the environment. The sun is now on her face. I don't know if you can see that but before the branches were sort of blocking the sun and now she's right in the sun. And this looks beautiful, perfect. I'll take a couple of pictures here.
(camera snaps) And the other thing to consider is horizon and camera height. What I mean by that is if I move the camera up or down, it's gonna chance that horizon line. So, watch what happens when I get really low. We're gonna see the ocean almost disappear. So, let me drop down low and from this lower perspective, we lose the beauty of the ocean. As I come up just a little bit, I see more of the ocean and then I can keep bringing it up. One of the things I think about if a horizon line is really harsh, this one's kind of soft 'cause there's some clouds out there but if it's harsh you wanna think where that line is going through the subject.
You don't want it maybe right at the neck but maybe a little bit lower or a little bit higher. So, finding that spot is important as well. Now, let's try a different pose now that I have the good location and spot. Let's try maybe a tree pose. And Makayla is a yoga instructor, so that's very natural for her to do. So, I'm only asking her to do things which really fit who she is and also the context or the environment. So, let me try to capture this here while she is balancing.
(camera snaps) So, now that we've seen how we can progress from that cluttered background to something that was better, next I wanna talk about working with a different subject in the same environment and a few other topics like working with objects or props and posture and position as well.