News and Views from Dave Wilson

Getting a Different Perspective

by on Mar.06, 2010, under Photography

Given that our eyes are positioned in the front of our heads and look more or less straight ahead from about 5 or 6 feet above the ground, it seems that the vast majority of photographs are taken from exactly this perspective. It’s a trap I fall into frequently so I have to remind myself to look for different perspectives and see if I can come up with unusual images by repositioning the camera away from the typical, eye-level, straight ahead line.

Look up. Look down. Get on top of something or crouch down. Get really close to your subject with a wide angle lens or shoot something from far away with a telephoto. All of these will change the perspective of a picture in one way or another and offer you the chance to create an interesting and different view of what may otherwise be a rather mundane subject.

Hey, if you’re feeling really radical, you can even tilt the camera so that it’s not parallel or perpendicular to the horizon!

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