For our last part of ‘Unusual Camera Angles’, we’ll be delving into the art of photographing your subjects from below.
Yes, we’ll be talking about the low angle photography in today’s blog post. This angle is below the eye level, and as you get lower, you’ll notice that your subjects will appear larger and taller. This ‘larger-than-life’ feeling to your photo is a great way to emphasise thoughts on a subject and is bound to make something appear more epic. You can use this angle to shoot something that is familiar from a different viewpoint.
Any uncommon perspective or composition will get your audience to pause and look at your photograph. This is the advantage of the low angle.
In many cases, the low angle provides a fresh outlook on the subject, allowing them to explore the photo further. The angle is a great way to capture architecture. Any mix of lines coming together can create a ‘texture’ for the photo.
To guide your audience’s eyes into the image or towards your subject, use leading lines. The lines can be positioned from the top or bottom corners of the photograph. By photographing parallel lines that run from the foreground to the subject conveys the distance as the idea behind the photo. A bridge, a lamp post, railway tracks, or even objects lines up will create a strong statement in a photo.
Wedding photos taken at a low angle, for example, from the end of the bride’s dress train will give a fantasy-like effect to the photo. By adding an envisioning feel to the photo, things look more surreal, they don’t look remotely normal.
An advice to our budding photographers: learn how to work the scene, it’s okay to take as many photos as you can.
Creating a silhouette photo from a low angle is a great way to add a mysterious impact. Position your subject in front of a bright light source, e.g. the sun or a bright sky. By doing so, you get more sky behind your subject, allowing you to get more in the frame and reveal great photo opportunities that could’ve been missed if taken from a different angle.
Don’t forget to look up when you’re shooting, you never know what’s above you.
Bear in mind that not all photos taken at the low angle has to be shot right from the ground looking up. You’ll often find interesting subjects when you look up. Birds on a telephone line, intersecting lines of the ceilings, or even odd-shaped clouds are fresh perspectives that you can incorporate in your photograph.
Shooting up into the trees can also result in some fantastic images. The contrast between the dark leaves and the bright sky filtering through the leaves is a fresh take into photographing nature.
The low angle is a great angle to try when you want to shake things up a bit in your photography. Your audience isn’t used to seeing things from this angle and it’ll leave them in confusion (in a good way, of course). This ensures that your audience will linger around to view your photograph longer.
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