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I want to take pictures in front of famous landmarks
Think of the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty

I want to stand in front (some distance away) and take a pic and make the pic look as though I am the same height

Looking for ideas how best to do

What I've done so far...

Get on the ground, angle the camera upwards.
Have your subject stand in front.
Take the pic.

Comes out pretty good
Wanted to know if there where others bits of advice I should follow?

Thanks


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Re: Looking as all as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 01:25:28 PM »
i do have some shots of an eiffel tower. will share them, however there arent any "look at me infront of an eiffel tower", just pure shots of the building.

edit: well, there is one, i had to take it so i had proof i was actually there hehe.
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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 01:55:41 PM »
nevermind, ill just post those with ideas on where or how you can take a portrait picture with the eiffel tower. i forgot the names of the bridges and places (the last picture up on a big open terrasse between 2 palaces)







this was taken from another bridge, a good spot to take portraits, but if you want the lights to pop out, long exposure is needed, where subjects cant be still for that long, eh





im not a specialist when it comes to landscape, street and portrait photography, but i think theyre ok. i hope it helps even a little bit.
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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2013, 02:02:46 PM »
@whothafunk awesome pics
but what i was after required not having depth of field
the depth of field spoils what i'm trying to achieve
(don't get me wrong the pics itself would look nice - just not the effect i'm after)

- take a picture of the eiffel tower - say 10 cm tall
- cut out a picture of yourself, 10cm tall
- put your picture next to the eiffel tower

this is what i want  :)
kind of like godzilla



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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2013, 02:26:34 PM »
Your issue is depth of field - aka your subject is too close to the camera that what's in focus doesn't include infinity (aka the background way far away).

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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2013, 03:02:33 PM »
You may go at the Trocadéro place, the Eiffel tower looks reasonably small there, having the full DOF.
Another place [than the Concorde bridge, where were taken the long exposures shots above], is the "Place de Catalogne", near Montparnasse station. There, the ET looks smaller than a person, once again, at a reasonable view point, allowing a full DOF.
Sorry, I can't publish my pic about that.

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2013, 03:22:50 PM »
yes, understand about dof
if i use my canon 60d or 1100d, then i will get this
but if i use a bog standard camera like my fuji finepix s2500, then the dof will be less - this is what i want

i've actually taken pics like what i'm talking about. can't find immediately

EDIT: just found a pic searching google... see below, not my pic... just found now...
this is the kind of pic effect i'm after - just wanted some tips on anything i could do to make the pic better
current method is: point and click from a low position :)
i'm sure some science could be applied to make it better!


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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2013, 03:22:50 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2013, 04:23:21 PM »
Try a tripod and 2 exposures. Each shot focusing on either the subject or the tower. Then combine them and mask the out of focus areas in Photoshop.
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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2013, 04:28:51 PM »
Make sure your aperture is tiny and try to line feet up horizontally with the base of the tower.
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2013, 04:58:52 PM »
photoshop...?
no... no...
no photoshop
that photo wasn't photoshopped
i can show u many photos i took with a simple non dslr camera that look like that photo

set small aperture: yes, but then u risk losing focus of the person surely?


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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2013, 06:59:17 PM »
set small aperture: yes, but then u risk losing focus of the person surely?

Nope - person in focus too.  Depending on what size sensor - full frame f11 is fine, and on crop f8 is fine.  Auto-focus will be in the middle of the DoF.  So focus looks to be half way between the guy and the white Ford Transit van - so the person is in the front half of the DoF with the ET at the far end of the DoF.

F16 - f22 are all fine, but you'll get softening from diffraction, so be aware of it.
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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2013, 07:21:32 PM »
I would get further away from the Eiffel Tower than in your example, the positioning of the feet are a dead give away of actual proportions and positioning. Get a good bit further away, have your subject stand on a wall or something, put your subject's feet at the very bottom of the frame, using YOUR positioning place the bottom of the tower where their feet are.
Then simply take the photo, use a small aperture, maybe f/11 or smaller.

You should just experiment...the only technical knowledge required is to use a small aperture, the rest is just playing around with perspective based on the position of the subject and the positioning of the camera.
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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2013, 07:23:10 PM »
I think something like this is what you're after.

Wideangle & small aperture
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2013, 07:54:13 PM »
>> F16 - f22 are all fine, but you'll get softening from diffraction, so be aware of it.
whats softening and diffraction?

@lholmes549 - not really trying to make fake it as such - so it's ok to show from bottom up

@BagJunkie: u hit the bullseye. awesome!
i've got some pretty good pics (imho) but none as good as that one

small aperture + wideangle??
so that pic is cropped then?

the idea was to take pics like that and sell to tourists
have a van nearby with your secretary. u take a pic. email or wifi it over. they print it. and then u give to the tourists.
when the cops turn up, u get in the van and drive away as fast as u can (see The A Team if you're not sure about this part)
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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 03:37:43 AM »
Djeeez, my second post and I'm helping you set up an empire of evil.

Wtf!?

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Re: Looking as tall as the Eiffel Tower - best ways to take this pic
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