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Low Angle Photography Tips

By Michelle Ecker on February 02, 2017


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Low Angle Photography Tips

If you’re bored with your compositional routine lately, mix it up with some new techniques. Low angle shots are a great way to give viewers an entirely different look at any scene.

By offering a new perspective, you’re able to take photos that truly stand out from the rest- one of the most important steps in becoming a uniquely successful photographer. Getting started, here are 5 things to keep in mind when trying this method:

  1. Use Depth of Field- If your camera actually offers a Depth of Field Mode, this is the right time to use it. This tool will work to keep as many parts of the image in focus as possible which otherwise gets complicated if, for example, you’re shooting a composition with leaves on the ground close up and a church in the distance further back.
  2. Do Some Guesswork- Realistically, you aren’t going to be able to look through the viewfinder as you normally would with other shooting styles. You’re going to have to take some test shots, use your stylistic judgment, do some guesswork and adjust- that is, unless your device offers a screen that folds out.
  3. Position Objects Carefully- Just as you would in any other composition, try to remember some general compositional techniques such as The Rule of Thirds. Try to include the right points of interest in your shot, maintain a clear subject, and take some test shots to ensure you’re featuring said subject prominently.
  4. Use the Right Lens- This special type of shot is best suited for a wide angle lens. Try using something from 10-22mm getting started.

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