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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

31 Days of Photo Fun: Day 17... Assignment: Play with Angles & Perspectives


Day 17 of our Month of Photo Fun brings us another fun assignment. Take some time to play with angles and perspective when shooting your portraits.

We all know that changing our perspective can change everything, right? Well, this does not just apply to life in general. Grab your camera and do some experimenting. How unique your images could be! Instead of the same old, straight on portrait of the bridge and groom, why not get super low and shoot up at them (use a shallow depth of field to focus on her bouquet and throw them softly out of focus).


Or find a way to get higher than them and shoot down on them, creating the feeling that you are peeking in on them during their private moment.


Change the perspective on your kids too. Shooting down on these little guys here in the grass gives the impression that I've caught them at play. How fun!


Again, I've caught them at play... this is play isn't it?


This shot would have been pretty sweet with my niece's back to me, showing off her athletic gear. But by changing my perspective of her, I was able to get the moody gray sky which made for a more dramatic image. I was also able to then include the entire stadium bleachers off in the distance, which added to our story. And most of all, by shooting up at her, I made my subject stronger, more powerful, larger than life. The perspective made the shot.


So go out and experiment with your perspective. Look at things from different angles and see how the same subject can look so different with a simple change in perspective.

Which perspective do you prefer? Which works best for the subjects you like to shoot? What fun and interesting new perspectives have you discovered?

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