How to Take Top-Down Portraits

When done in a certain way, photographing your subject from above can result in unique and sometimes gravity-defying results. Check out this tutorial, which you can try at home with some basic equipment.

Here, Gavin Hoey of Adorama TV affixes his camera to a mount screwed into the ceiling. If drilling a hole in your ceiling is something you’re not too keen on, then rigging a crossbar with a super clamp and arm might be a good work-around. Just be sure that it’s safe and secure before getting someone to pose under it.

Hoey is able to control his camera’s settings using Olympus Capture software via a tether cable. This also allows him to get a live feed, which is handy for getting those compositions correct before pressing the shutter. Thankfully, Lightroom tethered capture…


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