The human eye.

Many photographs can have relatively uninteresting touch, and that’s probably because they have almost all been taken from the same point of view, that of from approximately 1.50 m off ground level, the height of the average standing human eye.

But to get up higher, or lower, can create a far more interesting and dramatic composition of a usually very familiar subject.

For example, there’s a huge difference of impact between that of a picture of a dog from above, as we usually see them, and that of a picture taken from a dog’s point of view of another dog, whereby the camera almost becomes the subject itself and sees the world through the subject’s eyes.

And we instinctively react to this point of view, to the angle at which the picture was taken: looking up in a forest of trees makes us feel small and insignificant, whereas looking down from above at an ant makes us feel big and powerful, almost invincible.

Let’s change our view of the world.

Some examples illustrating the technique

Tips for when on location

  • Looking up at the subject makes the subject appear big and powerful, the viewer though feels small and insignificant.
  • The opposite is also true, looking down at the subject makes the viewer feel important, the subject seems less so.
  • If necessary get out of your comfort zone and get the camera where it needs to be, even if that means laying down in the mud.

© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017

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