TRY A DIF­FER­ENT VIEWPOINT

The highs and lows of shoot­ing from al­ter­na­tive an­gles

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

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

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