PERSPECTIVE TOP TIPS
A selection of bite-sized gems to help you master the art of capturing and exploiting perspective
AIM FOR IMPACT Creating a sense of depth, scale and distance is vitally important if you want them to have maximum impact, especially in scenic photography.
LOOK AROUND Recognisable objects are always a good choice for adding scale, while including foreground interest in wideangle shots will add depth.
TILT THE CAMERA Intentionally tilting to a jaunty angle adds an element of surprise that catches the eye and holds the attention – it offers an alternative perspective.
CHANGE FORMAT This can have a big influence on the way perspective is perceived. Shoot the same scene in both portrait and landscape format, then compare.
MORE THAN ONE Often it’s possible to include more than one type of perspective in an image. The more ways you can imply depth and scale, the better!
CROP IT Although it’s better to perfect your composition in-camera, there’s nothing to stop you cropping during post if doing so will produce a stronger image.
USE FRAMES Framing your main subject is a great way to focus attention towards it and also add a sense of depth – windows, doors, archways and branches for example.
USE YOUR FEET Perspective remains the same if you stay glued to the spot, but by using your feet and moving closer to or further away from your subject, it changes.
CONSIDER LIGHT Strong side-lighting reveals texture and the inclusion of shadows suggests depth, whereas shots taken with the sun behind you tend to look flatter.
LEAVE IT OUT Although a sense of perspective is important, intentionally excluding it can also produce successful images, adding mystery and intrigue.