Last updated on February 22nd, 2020 at 09:57 am
Choose The Best Viewpoint in Photography
You can alter the viewpoint of your pictures, as well as their mood and impact, simply by changing your camera angle. The same scene can appear radically different depending on whether you shoot it from above, below, or at eye level.
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Climb a few stairs or find an upper-story window for downwards shots, or squat or even lie on the floor to angle your camera upwards.
Viewpoints and Camera Angles
A normal eye-level angle, since it is the way we usually look at the world, conveys a realism-the everyday appearance of a scene. When people or objects are shot from below, they appear to tower over the viewer and are infused with power and dominance.
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Shot from above, subjects become diminished, but the organisation of elements in the picture often becomes clearer.
In open landscapes, the moods evoked by shifts in angle can be dramatic. When a scene is shot from a low angle, the horizon in the picture moves downwards, revealing an expanse of sky and emphasising the spaciousness of the landscape.
From a high angle, the horizon is near the top of the scene and the land seems to stretch away endlessly.
Best Viewpoint in Photography
For the photographer at a more experimental stage, the question is when to use such a radical point of view.
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Both high and low angles can include more of a subject than a straight-on, eye-level shot, and both can reveal patterns and texture that we do not normally perceive.
Both angles can also be used to simplify a composition.
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By shooting upward, you can isolate a subject against the sky or a plain wall. By shooting downward, you may be able to eliminate a cluttered background.
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