Changing your Shooting Angle — Get Down On Your Knees (or Get Up On a Chair)
A simple way to make your photography more interesting is to change the position/and or angle of the camera. Most people take their shots facing their subjects straight on. They, and their cameras are always at the same level as their subjects. Varying the whole camera position produces interesting results that are often unexpected.
One my favorite positions is down on my knees, or better yet, lying on my back. The subject of the photo doesn’t really matter. It could be a person, a horse, or even a building. Just get really low down and angle your camera way upward until the subject (or part of the subject) is nicely composed. This changes the entire perspective of the photograph, the main subject tends to look larger and more imposing (See picture A). Take a shot of a 6 year old in this way, and you’ll be surprised at the result. You can do the reverse as well; get up on a chair and shoot down at the subject. Better yet, experiment and invent your own unique positions.
Another easy way to get an interesting effect is to take the picture with the camera rotated from the normal shooting position. We are used to seeing body positions and backgrounds straight up and down. By tilting the camera either slightly or extremely, the subject gets tilted as well (see Picture B). This adds interest to the photograph.
Pic A — This model is only 5 foot 1 but because I took this picture while lying on my back, she looks larger.
Pic B– This is a straight on shot. The camera is not tilted so the main subject remains vertical.
Pic B1– I rotated the camera before I shot this picture. The subject is therefore rotated as well.
One of the keys to creativity is experimentation.
The next time you take a photograph, experiment by getting yourself and your camera into a different position.