Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by eye-capture, Oct 19, 2006.
How woudl I go abouts shooting a photo from a ceiling point of view?
Whats your ways?
Make the image while standing on a ladder? Am I missing something here??
Well, what else could anyone do but position themselves well above the scene they want to capture, by means of using a ladder or so? You might also put a smaller table onto a bigger table and a chair onto that smaller table ... but we might then sooner get to see pics of yourself all in plaster. That is not what you want, is it?
OK, clarinetJWD has once put his camera onto the tripod, left the legs close together, extended the tripod, and threw it just a little up into the air and thus took "ceiling view" pics (outdoors, that was, though...), but I find that almost as risky as the table-on-table-with-chair-on-table-solution, only could in this case the CAMERA suffer from greater harm...
The only good way I can think of is what LaFoto mentioned, but I would try a custom mount if at all possible - like a boom pole for a camera instead of a mic. Just put it on a 10 second self timer, lift into place, repeat until results are acceptable.
Seems so simple to me, get yourself [or camera] up near the ceiling and shoot down. If you asked me how to shoot a shot from under the table, I would suggest you get under the table. Another rather unorthodox idea just came to me. Set the camera on delayed action, press the shutter button and throw it in the air and hope it was pointing downwards. A bit of trial and error here and expensive on cameras.
Recently, when I tried to make a photo series on storks (that prefer to nest on poles, church towers, and chimneys) I fantasized how great it would be to have a remotely controlled, tiltable camera hanging under a 7' helium filled balloon – just feet away from the nesting storks (or eagles, or whatever). You would control the balloon with 3 anchor lines.
I suspect accomplished nature photographers, like Frans Lanting, actually apply such contraptions. Anything to get the shot!
Of course, you could also use this technique for high overhead shots at sports games or other events.
Get one of these:
And build one of these:
Strap the camera to the blimp, and run a really long cord.
'Toys' is right, unfortunately! That blimp will have trouble lifting a pack of cigarettes... Increase size a factor ten/twenty for a dSLR as a payload.
Smith's right. It would take a heck of a powerful blimp to carry a DSLR... especialy if the lens is heavy.
In fact, how would you get it to autofocus?
With morydd's suggested remote whatshamacallit maybe?
HOW TO - Canon EOS remote.
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