Get a new Angle

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Get a new Angle

Over recent weeks I have spoken about my manta of BE CALM for better photos. In my last post I talked using composition to clear express you intent for the image. Make it clear for the viewer to understand the subject of the photo. This week I would like to discuss the letter A or Angle and what it means for the mantra.

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Tree on the Beach by Ken Dickson
30sec @ f11, ISO100
Canon 40d with Sigma 17-70mm

Angle or perspective is an area that we can use to make our photos stand out from the crowd. So what do I mean by changing perspective? A simple place to start is getting either higher or lower than the subject, this change significantly affects the way a viewer interprets the elements in a photo. Even this simple step goes a long way because a majority of people will take the easy way out when snapping an image, they take the photo at a standard eye level and move on.

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Scout by Ken Dickson
1/160sec @ f9
Canon 7d with Sigma 105mm

Getting lower when taking a photo makes our subject appear bigger and stronger in the frame. I like to use this perspective a number of different ways depending on the subject that I am photographing. When it comes to landscape photography I use the low perspective to help emphasize elements of the foreground, doing this helps to draw the viewer into the picture and gives them greater connection to the subject. When taking photos of kids or pets you will definitely find me rolling the ground, an image from this angle makes the kid or pet the primary focus of the photo and shows the world from their perspective. The added bonus with kids is the fact that they get a kick out this interaction giving you a much happier subject.

Bus Lane Shuffle

Bus Lane Shuffle by Ken Dickson
1.3sec @ f22
Canon 7d with Sigma 17-70mm

When you get higher than your subject, you help the viewer feel superior than the subject, this actually helps connect the viewer to the scene because they can feel protective of the subject. I like to use this type of angle when I am photographing in the city.

Don’t get me wrong, images taken at eye level can also be appealing to the viewer, primarily because it is comfortable; it is what we are used to seeing. Get that shot first but then take the small amount of effort required to look higher and lower at your subject, very quickly you might find a much better perspective that will make your images stand out from the crowd.

Remember BE CALM for better photographs

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