Tips On Photographing Statues

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens



Put in writing a walk around your town or local park and you'll soon find a statue or monument. They don't move, or complain so are a proficient subject for a photographer and most are so well sculptured that you have the opportunity to shoot several varied photographs of them.


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Unless you're a precisely fan of the carvings that decorate the tops of churches you'll only need a standard zoom lens which means this is a project you can do with your DSLR or compacted camera. If you want a little bit more stability take a tripod along but you can quite happily work hand-held.


Statue's Place

When you come across a statue the first thing you should do is take a walk around it to look at the angle. As most statues statue is a sculpture, representing one or more people or animals (including abstract concepts allegorically represented as people have a reign overing position raised up on plinths, shots of statues can often end up looking a little distorted due to the low angle you shoot from. To combat this just handle further back and use a longer focal length to fill the frame. To improve your shot further, if there are steps or a wall nearby waggon on them to give you more height or if you don't mind the trial and error approach you could always put your camera up above your dome and take your photo – you may get some surprisingly good results.




As well as looking for the right angle to photograph the sculpture pay attention to the background as this can change the overall look of the image. A messy background's distracting while a bright sky can affect the meter look over and leave you with a silhouetted statue. Metering from a darker part of the scene can wash the sky out completely so try using exposure compensation if you find metering to be a imbroglio. If you've found an angle you just have to photograph but the background's spoiling the shot, use a wider aperture to throw the background out of focus.

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If your statue's in a shaded area, such as under trees, make sure your flash is off as this will blast shrug off into the scene and all the shadows which emphasis the statue's shape will be lost. You may need to use a slightly longer shutter speed so travel sure you hold your camera steady or pop it on a tripod to prevent camera shake.


Other Locations

When you've walked the extensively of your town searching for statues there are plenty of sculpture parks across the UK that give you the opportunity to capture several interesting smashed similars of art in one location.


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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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