Creating Dramatic Views

-Quick Tips for Photographers-

 

Sometimes the easiest way to create a dynamic photograph is by using a dramatic point of view. Point of view refers to the angle that the image is taken from, or how high or low you were when you took it. When you photograph a subject such as wildlife, and you get low it brings you to their eye level. If you get even lower to the ground you give the subject a sense of power or drama as it looms above the viewer. (A low angle also adds distance between the subject and background which helps if you want a creamy bokeh aka soft backdrop.) With landscapes you can really utilize foreground elements when you get low to give your images more depth. We as humans are very used to seeing things at standing level so use point of view to change the way that you see things.

 

Here are a few examples:

 

Up High - A church in Iceland photographed with my camera on a tripod set up as tall as it goes:

 

Church in lupine wildflowers
Iceland

"Lupine wildflowers forever and a church to celebrate them in."

 

 

Down Low - Now that same church but this time I crouched low into the field of wildflowers:

 

Church in lupine wildflowers
Iceland


 

Up High - Getting up high and angling the camera down really shows off Hallgrímskirkja's unique cobblestones:

 

HallgrímskirkjaHallgrímskirkjaHallgrímskirkja Church
Reykjavík, Iceland

 

 

With wildlife, you can really see how a low eye level approach makes a big difference. Note the creamy bokeh:

Wild fox kit
Pennsylvania
Snowy owl
Ontario, Canada
Raccoon
Northern New Jersey
CuriosityCuriosityBurrowing Owl
Southern United States
Oystercatcher Chick Puffin in WildflowersPuffin in WildflowersPuffin and alpine cinquefoil wildflowers
Iceland

As seen on Outdoor Photographer "Behind the Shot" March 2015.

 

Next time you are out photographing, try getting super low or up high and create a dramatic point of view!

 

Thanks for reading! Good luck out there photographer friends!

 

 


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