Funny Statue Pictures
Another good thing about photographing statutes is that the vast majority of them are found on public spaces therefore there is rarely a need to get permission to photograph and most of the resulting images can even be used in any commercial venture.
The only point of concern is to pay attention to any restrictions regarding how people interact with them. Just because a statute is in a public space does not mean that one can climb all over them thus risking causing damage to the artwork. This is the only main limitation to undertaking this particular project. Just be careful and use good common sense since you do not want to cause damage to the statue or even risk hurting yourself.
There are many photo ops that anyone can take and there are also many that can turn into an entertaining opportunity to practice your photography. If you pay attention, you will more than likely noticed how many photo ops present themselves when you associate or rather interact with statues and the good thing is that almost any statute can be photographed in many different angles as a person can interact with them thus turning a photograph of a statute into a comical opportunity. Just pay attention and research the many different angles and think of what poses would make for the most amusing ones.
This particular photographic project is really meant as a way to unwind, practice your photography and not much else while you share your result with friends and family.
However, that being said, there is still a market for quality photographs no matter what the subject matter is.
Demotivational posters, greeting card companies, photographic publications as well as others are always in search of new images and any that can show technique and on top is also entertaining, are sought after.
Just take your shots with a professional mindset and examine the scene like you wold approach any other "professionally" minded theme.
Look for subjects that are easy to reach and with which people can interact easily. There are also other techniques that you can apply like framing it against other interesting surrounding elements much like a forced perspective photographic project.
For example try tying some balloons unto the hand of a statue as if it were holding them and displaying them to the world.
Another good example would be to pretend that a statue is kissing a person or even talking and laughing with them.
There are some samples or situations that just happen to lend themselves well like a pair of statues; a man and a woman and next to them there are a real man and a real woman who just happen to be wearing similar clothing and acting much the same as the statues are.
These occasions are rare but can be found if one pays attention and is at the right time at the right place.
Avoid the temptation to be overly risque with your poses. Although some statues offer tempting angles to creating poses which may be overly "adult" in nature, they do nothing so far as your profession and are unlikely to be accepted by the vast majority of commercial publications.
If you do any that seem to be insinuating "adult" themes or situations keep in mind that they more than likely will only be useful so far as your own personal gratification and not much else.
Once you are done, make your selections of the images that appear as if they would fit a particular theme like those found on web sites and on any other such publication. It is a good technique to browse through current themes that are similar in concept.
Examine them for related materials and judge to see if your images fit their theme. If you find that some of your images do indeed fit the them of a particular publisher then inquire in regards to their submission guidelines and follow their procedures to the letter. Once everything is in order and you feel comfortable with your material then go ahead and submit the photos.
Remember to be your own worst critic. If the images are good but perhaps might not meet any of the publication's submission guidelines then it is best not to send them. It is better to be known in professional circles as a tough judge of quality and not to be known as someone who will send everything in the hopes that one image may make it through. Send only your best work and nothing less.
If you find it difficult to use people for your shots then using a few props may just do the trick. For statues; hats, balloons, shoes, scarves, books and similar small non obtrusive props can be usually placed without causing too much of a distraction and can turn out good images.
A word of caution; do your best to find out if you would be breaking any laws by placing props on any statute before you do it. Some municipalities are very picky with their public displays.Even thought this can be done rather quickly and most won't even notice, it is best to be cautious and not and to take things for granted.
Avoid using paint ,markers or any material which may stain the statute, even if it is water soluble paint. This is most always not appropriate and in some instances can cause a permanent discoloration on the weathered surface and can land you stiff fines or worse.
Better yet is if you obtain an artistic license/permit from the municipality prior to doing anything. In most cases once you explain your intention and your props are examined, the majority of government agencies will grant you a permit, provided you take full responsibility for any damages which your work may cause.
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