TRY A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT
The highs and lows of shooting from alternative angles
Perspective isn’t just about the relationship between the elements in a scene, it’s also about where you shoot them from. Most of the photographs we take are with the camera held roughly at eye level, which is how we view the world. But if you purposely move away from that viewpoint, you’ll produce images with more dramatic perspective.
GET DOWN LOW
Try the low-down approach by either getting your knees dirty, or craning your neck and shooting straight up. This latter approach works particularly well in the urban landscape because you’ll dramatically change the angle and perspective of tall buildings. use a wide-angle lens and watch how those skyscrapers earn their name – by rushing towards the heavens.
ON A HIGH
Whether you head to the top of a tall building or fly through the sky in a plane or hot air balloon, looking down on the world from a high viewpoint never fails to produce great shots. The higher you go, the smaller everything appears and perspective completely changes – especially if you use a wideangle lens to exaggerate it even more.
BIRD’S-EYE VIEW TOWNS AND CITIES LOOK TOTALLY DIFFERENT WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN ON THEM FROM A HIGH VIEWPOINT, COMPARED TO THE VIEW FROM STREET LEVEL WE’RE USED TO
UP, UP AND AWAY THE EFFECT OF LOOKING STRAIGHT UP AT TALL BUILDINGS THROUGH A WIDE-ANGLE LENS IS DIZZYING – BUT THE PERSPECTIVE IS AMAZING