Tip Number 4 - Change your Viewpoint

July 20, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Lesson Number 4 - I can see that there are a couple of hundred of you tuning in each day to read these blogs, so I hope the tips are helping.

 

4. Change Your Perspective

One way to ensure an unremarkable photo is to snap a subject straight-on from eye level.

Everybody knows this particular viewpoint already — we interact with the world from this viewpoint each and everyday. It’s ordinary, it's the norm - so how do we change this ?

Well changing it is easy: shoot from a different view point.

This can mean a few things, the options are plenty:

Change your elevation (e.g. get closer to the ground or get some steps and look from a higher viewpoint)

Change your angle  - so rather than straight on -  try straight up from the ground or skewed from the side, giving the camera a little angle twist.

Change your distance from the subject -  get closer or move further away.

Or you can of course try a combination of all of the options.

You’ll be surprised by how different your shots feel with these changes.

By looking up at the horses head, instead of seeing a green field or yard behind him when we look straight on at him, we see the fabulous blue sky against his dark fur - it really adds another dimension to the image.

Filling the frame by moving closer also makes for a different kind of viewpoint and portrait.

Have some fun with changing your viewpoints.

Look out for Tip number 5 tomorrow.

Alex

 


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