More than the camera, it’s the angle that is more important!

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More than the camera, it’s the angle that is more important!

There are many aspects to consider when attempting to take the perfect photograph. Home tools and accessories are available to help, but with the right skills you can take excellent photographs without the need for extra equipment.

Using digital cameras for photography
can offer many benefits, such as being able to view the photographs as soon as they have been taken. Although having a good quality camera is important for taking photographs, it is also necessary to have a good technique.

The camera angle can make a lot of difference to the finished photograph. Different angles can be used depending on how you want people to feel when they see the photograph.

Most people will take a photograph from a ‘normal height’ angle. This is basically taking a photograph at eye level. This is fine for normal photographs such as portraits and scenery, but if you get creative with the camera angle you can achieve different effects.

Taking a photograph of the subject from high above will make them seem less powerful and less significant, whereas photographing the subject from below will have the opposite effect. These are called high angle and low angle shots. High angle shots are particularly good for groups, street scenes and crowds. They can also be used to add perspective to photographs of small subjects, such as pets and children. Low angle shots can easily be used for tall buildings, but also for small subjects, such as plants and wildlife, to give a different perspective.

Shooting from a slightly higher than the subject angle can be perfect for photographing portraits. It’s usually one of the most flattering points of view for people. Most people not matter how thin they are have a little bit of a double chin. When you photograph them from below that double chin that look much larger than it is in real life. It is a good practice to pay attention to what is closest to the camera. The body part that is closest to the camera will be what appears to be largest in the image so you really don’t want their chin as what people focus on. This same thing applies to other parts of the body like arms, elbows, etc… It’s always a good idea to take a quick step back and see what the closest thing to the camera is and then ask yourself do you really want to highlight that in the portrait? Shooting from above can create a slimming effect to the face which most of your clients will really appreciate.

Nellie Veitenheimer

A few other tips from shooting from an angle slightly above your subject:

  • Have your subject tilt their chin slightly down but still look up with their eyes.
  • Photography with a small f/stop helps to draw attention to where your focus point is. I love to shoot these types of portraits at f/2.8 or even lower. This also lets their eyes really pop!
  • For portraits you do want to watch how high up you are shooting from. If you have an angle that is too high you are going to bring too much attention to the subjects forehead or top of their head.

    You can also use a slanted angle, which may add a bit of mystery and make the viewer feel uneasy.

    The best way to make your photographs interesting is to experiment with different angles. This could mean lying on the floor, climbing some stairs or crawling inside something. You will need to consider what the main focus of the photograph should be, as well as what you want the viewer to feel.

    By experimenting with different angles, you can really make your photographs stand out from the rest.

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    Author: Mark

    Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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