Blog 93: How to “work a scene” photographically
Reading time: approx. 2 min.
Let's start with a definition: working a scene is attempting to get as many quality variety pictures as possible from a single setup or a situation. In this blog, I was situated at Dubai Global Village festival. While doing some shopping I saw a man who is performing an ancient craft; the craft of making Iranian rugs. I approached him and start taking pictures:
I worked the scene by:
Taking pictures while zoomed IN and OUT
Taking pictures from various angles (looking UP, DOWN, SIDEWAYS)
Taking Macro shots of his hands (because this is basically his main tool)
Using the front fabric string to make some interesting foreground element
Taking pictures using different light angles and reflections
Figuring out the main point of interest (His hands) and then focusing on it.
Taking pictures from all kinds of levels (at eye level+ above and below eye-level)
To conclude, if you are working a scene think of levels, distance, light, Zoom, depth of field, front and background elements, and above all identify the main point of interest.