Most of the time, we love taking images of our subjects by shooting up-close. As the world observes social distancing in light of the coronavirus, now is the best time to challenge yourself by shooting from a distance and make more use of the open space. Here are a few tips from us to keep you motivated and inspired through art and photography while taking the necessary precautions.
The Observer's View
Since times right now require us to keep our distance from others, you may want to switch into an objective perspective. Objective photography is most effective when there’s a semblance of distance and impartiality. Turn yourself into a documentarist and record history happening around you. Once this is all over, you have your photographs to recall these special, unforgettable days.
Shoot the Scenery
No people? No problem. Landscape photography is one of the perfect and easy genres to get into especially during these times. It's been said by many photographers that there's something therapeutic in looking towards the distant horizon and capturing the stillness of it. For such shots, use a camera with a wide-angle lens. You can also use the Naid 15 mm from the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System for really blown-up panoramas.
Go for Full Body Shots
Don't let the social distancing stop you from taking images of people! Try shooting portraits in full-body frames. The trick here is to keep all the important details of your full body portrait. Use a film camera that will provide you crisp and sharp images. We recommend the Lomography Konstruktor F or the La Sardina on this one -- both known for their capability of providing clear cut shots as they can take on any lighting conditions. They're Lomography favorites especially for 35 mm.
We get it -- we can't help ourselves but desire to photograph portraits of people by shooting up-close. No need to worry at all! Simply make more use of your focusing and zoom in. Let the shallow depth-of-field speak for itself and zero in the faces of your subjects. You can get artistic with bokeh too through Waterhouse plates from the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens or Petzval 58 BC if you want more full control of the bokeh.
How are you keeping up with your Lomographic routine while observing social distancing? Let us know how you maintain creativity in the name of art and film by commenting below!