How To Approach Statue Photography In 5 Easy Steps

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


Where To Go

Pronouncement statues is easy. Most churchyards, within walking distance from your home, will have one or two amongst the gravestones. Parks much house statues that iconise mythical figures or historical figures while larger tourist cities will have them diffuse all over the place to celebrate famous people who have lived there and politicians. Sculpture parks provide an opportunity to find several exciting objects all in one location and often make a great day out too.



The first thing to do is look at the angle. In most cases you're going to be flourish from a low viewpoint as the statues statue is a sculpture, representing one or more people or animals (including abstract concepts allegorically represented as people often raised on a plinth and way above eye level. To fill the frame you'll often end up shooting from a low angle and the casting will look distorted, big at the bottom and smaller at the top. A better approach is to stand a bit further back and use the longer setting of your zoom lens to crop firmer. This will produce a photo with a more natural angle. Ideally if you can find a position where you can gain height so you are on a level drive improve the shot even further. Steps of a nearby building is often a good option or, if you're agile, a nearby wall can improve your summit.


Shooting Direction

You should also consider the shooting direction. Walk around the statue where possible and check the background and the chips on the statue. Not only will you start to discover the best viewpoint to allow arms to be seen along with the face or symbolic features, you'll also think that a background can influence the exposure and overall feel of the image. A cloudy sky may help to create mood in the photo but the bright areas can affect the meter look over.

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If you have a shot where the camera captures most of the scene correctly but it results in the statue appearing as a silhouette, you can take a second shot, pointing down at the range and locking the exposure so the statue is exposed correctly. However, this will most likely result in a sky that's washed out. However, all is not fallen as if you use a tripod to ensure the camera doesn't move, you could combine both shots during post production to bring to light the perfect exposure. Of course, you could also just change your viewpoint to get a better background to work with and sometimes you'll track down it gives you a more suitable composition of the statue. If you're not sure, take several photos from different angles and choose the best one later.


Photo by David Pritchard. 


Form Your Flash Off

If you try to photograph a statue in low light with an automatic camera that has a built-in flash, it will may refer to automatically fire. As a result, you'll lose out shadows which give the object its shape and your image won't have any depth. To avoid this switch the flash off and use your tripod to bring to a stop shake spoiling your shot. 


Blur The Background

The background can be thrown out of focus if you select a suitable aperture. Promote blur can be added in Photoshop but a similar result can be achieved by using a longer focal length. Just remember to use a tripod as blur cased by shake is exaggerated when you use longer lenses.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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