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How I Shoot: Snapping the Perfect #Puddlegram with @mortenordstrom
How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos and videos. This week, Morten Nordstrøm (@mortenordstrom) shares his tips for capturing and editing the perfect #puddlegram on a Windows phone. Follow him on Instagram for puddle shots of Copenhagen and browse the #puddlegram hashtag for more inspiration!
When Morten Nordstrøm (@mortenordstrom) isn’t working or studying business administration and communications, he’s out showcasing the beauty of Copenhagen, Denmark, as reflected through the city’s many puddles.
Getting the most out of a puddle’s reflection is an art, and Morten offered these tips for capturing and editing a #puddlegram on a Windows phone:
Nokia Lumia 925
"First of all, when shooting puddlegrams you will obviously need a puddle. The bigger the better, but you will be surprised how little water you need to make a big impact.
"My experience is that I get the best effect when I look for a strong central focal point and try to get some depth in the perspective, maybe even a vanishing point. That’s one of the reasons why the majority of my puddlegrams are shot on streets; they often meet these requirements. Moreover they are often full of life, which gives life to the picture and helps to tell a story.
"If you want to do a proper #puddlegram, make sure your lens is as close to the ground as possible—even if it means you have to turn your device upside-down. It’s a little effort and it makes a huge difference. Moreover, mind the weather. Windy puddles won’t serve you well."
"I often think a lot about my perspective before I shoot. Other times I just walk around and look for details and shoot what I find interesting and inspiring.
"I’m always shooting with my Nokia Lumia 925 and I have been experimenting a lot with the different camera possibilities. Normally I just use the native camera, other times I use the Nokia Pro Camera which gives me more adjustability. My best advice when taking puddlegrams is to experiment with the number of shots you’re taking and see the different outcomes you can get. Analyzing strengths and weaknesses in these will help make you a more skilled puddleshooter!
"Note that people will be looking when you sit down and place your phone in a puddle. But remember, that is only because they don’t know about the magical perspectives you’re capturing. I sometimes pretend to tie my shoe laces, until the largest group of people has passed."
"This is where the magic happens. After extensive exploration of Windows Phone options, I ended up always using the same two apps: the Nokia Creative Studio and an app called Fhotoroom. They are very different but complement each other well. I like to keep things simple and often aim for a high sharpness, cold tones and not too strong colors, since I find them disturbing. Finally, I pay a lot of attention in the cropping process. A good crop can change a picture entirely—and so can a bad one.”
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstraightfacades
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.
This weekend’s Hashtag Project takes its inspiration from a new urban hashtag series catching on in the community: #straightfacades. In this series, Instagrammers take photos of the exterior walls—or facades—of a large building from straight on and crop out the building’s edges. This angle results in a geometric, almost abstract photo made entirely out of walls and windows. Now it’s your turn. The goal this weekend is to take your own creative facade photo. Some tips to get you started:
- This project is all about lines and patterns. Take time to make sure your lines are straight, even and parallel with the edges of the frame to master the effect.
- When possible, try to take your photo from a few floors up in a building across the street. This helps minimize street-level interruptions and lets you fill your frame with the wall you’re shooting.
- Though it may seem like facades don’t change, keep an eye on light and shadows. Between light reflecting off glass and shadows cast by windowsills and balconies, there can be a lot of variation throughout the day.
- With a strong grid as the basis for your photo, anything that breaks it becomes a focal point. Use this to your advantage as you shoot.
PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPstraightfacades hashtag to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any image taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!