A low an­gle can help to cre­ate in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tions and open up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for great pho­tos

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01 scenes With depth

With the cam­era near the ground we can frame up sub­jects against more in­ter­est­ing back­drops. For ex­am­ple, if there are an­i­mals in the fore­ground and back­ground, we can frame both to­gether for a com­po­si­tion that wouldn’t be pos­si­ble from a higher an­gle.

02 break the hori­zon

Shoot­ing from a low an­gle means we can drop the hori­zon down lower in the frame. So in­stead of fram­ing the an­i­mal’s body against land, we can place it against the sky to cre­ate greater con­trast, em­pha­size the el­e­gant shape of the body and in­clude dis­tant scenery, like Kil­i­man­jaro here.

03 blur the Fore­ground

When we use a wide aper­ture and fo­cus on a dis­tant sub­ject, parts of the scene that are very close to the cam­era will be­come blurred. So by keep­ing the cam­era low we bring the ground tight up to the lens, which lets us cre­ate beau­ti­ful fore­ground blur that leads the eye to­wards the sub­ject.

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