Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Finding the right angle can create a visual surprise

This image takes the advice found in the last post and adds another wrinkle: The importance of camera angle.

The Golden Sword Yucca on our backyard is a striking plant from almost any angle. But one of the most interesting angles is the one from above. I stood on a plastic lawn chair to get to the right height.

I have said this before but it bears repeating: If your knees are never soiled, you are not putting enough variety in the points of view captured in your pictures. Get down low, get up high (as was done to capture this image), spend some time seeking different angles. You will be rewarded.

An excellent news shooter I met through work told me he imagines a large, glass dome over his subject. He moves his camera all over the dome seeking surprising new angles. He discovered at media photo opts he was often off on his own, alone, shooting the event, while the herd of media photographers pushed and shoved each other jockeying to take the same shot.

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