The Viewpoints and Angles in Photography usually creates a problem when attempting to shoot great images. Finding the nearest viewpoints and Angles then pushing the shutter button will hardly ever result in a great image.
The point and shoot principle is the enemy of good images. When shooting an image you have to consider viewpoints as a key to a great composition. So, how can you get best photography angles to improve your image? Here’s how.
Watch and learnYou need to know what to expect when going to a new location to take photos. Do a little research and ascertain what there is available in that place to create your perfect shot. Knowledge is power and if you want to create powerful images, watch the place. Know what to expect and where the elements will fit to create great Viewpoints and Angles in the final image.
Use your feet after your headWhen you know what there is and you’ve planned the basic shoot, use your feet. Try variations from defferent viewpoints and angels then move around the location with your camera to your eye and see if there are any other viewpoints and angels that will improve the image or maybe another part of the location that will elevate you, try and give another variation to initial your idea.
Look for unusual anglesShooting from low angel or high up gives a completely different perspective compared to a front and centre shot. Trial and error are great learning to any photographer, so use them. Another angle you can try is tilting the camera. This works well with good angle changes. A slight change makes the photo look like the photographer was a little tipsy, so make sure the viewer will know that the viewpoints and angles are part of the composition.
Little closer to Fill the frameWhen you have the perfect location, a great viewpoints and a unique angle, but if the subject is too far away the image can look a little average, so, get little closer. Fill the frame with more of your subject. Always ask the question whether the composition is tight enough. If it isn’t, move your feet or change the lens. Exclude unimportant elements or clutter to get the best out of the composition. (Read: Improve your Photography Composition)
Take a chancewe are not talking about risks but rather compositional chances such as shooting without looking through your viewfinder. Swing your camera around by the strap with the timer on. Hold it high above your head or down at your ankles. Remember to shoot a lot as many of these images won’t look good but, on the odd chance of something looking great, you should take the chance
Viewpoints and angels in photography is vitally important to any photo so always be very aware of your position in relation to the subject or object of interest. And, don’t forget safety. Watch where you walk and how high you get. Don’t compromise your safety for that perfect image :D... Happy shooting!...
By Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography. His website can be found at 21steps2perfectphotos.com