Franco Cogoli

Change your point of view

Changing point of view, or perspective, as in life, is also important in photographic practice;
photos taken at eye level are fine, but in a photographic report I always try to insert photos taken from different, unusual points of view: the adjustable screen allows you to take shots that are otherwise impossible, or, at least, more difficult to achieve, such as shooting on the ground or, on the contrary, raised, to overlook a crowd, for example ..
As a travel photographer, one of the most frequent uses concerns the shooting of landscapes, which usually appear "two-dimensional" - A shot close to the ground allows you to add a foreground, blurred or sharp, which gives the image a three-dimensional effect , much more interesting

In the example below, having to photograph a herd of buffaloes for a food reportage in central Italy, the swiveling screen allowed me to compose an overhead shot, in order to shoot, in addition to a greater number of buffaloes, also the mountains in the background,  typical of this region.
I first composed the shot, using the adjustable screen and the zoom of the Fuji 32-64mm f4 lens, and then, holding the camera as still as possible, I looked away from the screen and shot in bursts, focusing on the position of the buffaloes


A more frequent use of the articulated screen concerns the shots of urban and natural landscapes from low level; it can be used freehand, but by far the best results are obtained by working with a good tripod, in the case shown below, a Manfrotto 055 in carbon fiber, and an excellent head, such as the hydrostatic Manfrotto 468;
it is important that the tripod has the central column that can be positioned at 90 °, to be able to place the camera close to the ground, while the quality of the head guarantees the stability of the frame, once set - In this way it is possible to choose the parameters precisely to achieve the desired effect


In the two following examples, a shot taken in Valle San Nicolo ', in the Dolomites (Fuji gfx 50R with zoom 32-64mm f4) with an open aperture, to have the foreground out of focus but the mountains in the background clear, while, on the contrary, in the second photograph, which concerns a hotel in Baden Wurttemberg, in Germany (shot with Fuji xt1 and zoom 18-55mm f2,8-4) the aperture was completely closed, to have everything clear, from the foreground to the background



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