“IF YOU WANT TO CREATE SHOTS WITH SOME SERIOUS VISUAL INTEREST, YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THEM FROM AN ANGLE WE DON’T SEE EVERY DAY.”
SCOTT KELBY, THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK, VOLUME 1
I love this perspective so much because it totally fortifies my Mantra (see the quote above!)
Shoot Low to create interest in your images. Easy. I especially love photographing kids from a low perspective. We rarely see kids from eye-level, or ground level. (Yes, this is ANOTHER reference to my perspective mantra above.) In emotional terms, I think it makes kids look larger than life, which their spirits and imaginations usually are! Kids are also more comfortable with me as photographer because it feels more like we are just playing together. Maybe this is a clue as to how to become a more effective parent.
To snag a fabulous Low perspective, get as low as you can! My mentor once told me “If you aren’t bending, reaching, twisting, or sacrificing your body in some way for the shot, then it’s not a unique perspective.” Amen. So, really, how low can you go? If you’re super lucky, and the location allows, get your client way up high and create a super low perspective without the muddy tummy.
WARNING! I’ve chatted about photographing kids from low down. Yes, you can photograph adults from low down as well, but be cautious. Avoid shooting from a low perspective and tilting the camera upwards. This will emphasize double chins and thighs. (How is THAT for blunt?) Don’t do it. Keep it classy.
Searching for a textured foreground, and cranking that aperture OPEN takes your low perspective to a whole new level!
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