Expand Your Perspective with Low-Angle Photography

March 31, 2011

in Photography Creative Team, Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials, Susan Keller

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Written by: Susan Keller from Susan Keller Photography

There’s just something about pictures taken from a low-angle perspective. They’re dynamic. Different. Intriguing. They almost invite you into the action at hand. In the image above, I feel like I’m an intimately involved in the game.

In the picture below, I can almost believe I’m a part of my little guy’s make-believe world. Being low-to-the-ground when photographing both of these images, allowed me to create a much more dynamic photo than if I’d shot from my regular eye-level.

Low-Angle Photography


In this next image, I didn’t actually have to lie on the ground, I just held my camera down there and shot blind.

Low-Angle Photography


Low angle works wonders for jump shots. Here’s my husband paying homage to Glee. It’s not that his jump wasn’t big. It was. But by taking the picture from the ground’s perspective, I’m able to make it look even larger than it was. I’m also able to make sure that the jump is nicely silhouetted against the sky rather than being lost in the darker water/waves detail.

Low-Angle Photography


Low angle doesn’t just have to mean ground-level. In this next image, it meant table-level.

Low-Angle Photography


Allow me to show you a progression of images, from my eye-level down to a lower (albeit, not ground-) level.

Low-Angle Photography


A child’s eye-level. Going lower in this image makes me feel more connected to my little guy’s experience of reaching up to the coals to warm his hands.

Low-Angle Photography


BBQ-level. Dang, I totally want to reach out and grab one of those mugs!

Low-Angle Photography


Just below BBQ-level. I dunno what this one communicates to me, but I love it, nonetheless! Notice that shooting from the lower perspective drops out the “distractions” (said in “quotes” because the rocks, trees, and shrubs of Joshua Tree are pretty gorgeous “distractions”) and places the action against the clean backdrop of the sky.

Low-Angle Photography


So go shoot some images. And then shoot them from a lower perspective. You may just find that you love what you create.

Low-Angle Photography


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Susan Keller

About Susan

I totally love a great roadtrip adventure with my dudes, or a cozy afternoon curled up with a good book. “Reality” tv totally sucks me in. I prefer my chocolate to be semi-sweet and my Diet Coke to have a squirt of root beer in it. Photography makes my heart sing and waterskiing leaves me sore & limping but deeply satisfied.

Susan is an Orange County Baby, Child & Family Photographer. Find her on her blog, Short on Words, and  Facebook for tips, specials and client sneak peeks.




{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia April 2, 2011

I ALWAYS get down low to shoot children and babies, but I never thought of actually putting my camera on the ground. Great idea!


Lisa McCully April 2, 2011

Love this article!! The images are fantastic, I have been studying them for an hour now. I tend to love close crops and I think I could fall into this low angle easily!!


Gail April 1, 2011

So, aside from the obvious educational aspect, it was enjoyable to read.
Good info + Good writing = GREAT post.

Sophisticated Steps


MelindaH April 1, 2011

Beautiful photos, and excellent tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing!


hetty April 1, 2011

I definitely love the angels! Very cool 🙂


Life with Kaishon March 31, 2011

I love Susan’s style and ideas. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us : ) You are a wonderment Skeller.


dpickens_42@yahoo.com March 31, 2011

I’m soooo trying this w/my camera!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your photography is phenomenal!!


m March 31, 2011

these are fantastic!! i’m definitely trying out some photos from this perspective soon. great tutorial!!!!


Dana-from chaos to Grace March 31, 2011

This is my new OBSESSION! I love shooting low! I just LOVE it!

This is a BEAUTIFULLY done tutorial!! LOVE the perspective!


emily March 31, 2011

Love this article! Low angles rock, and so do these images.
An added benefit — squats are good for you!


Belinda March 31, 2011

Good tips! Thanks for the share!


hannah m March 31, 2011

Fabulous, Susan! Totally adore these perspectives.


jessie March 31, 2011

Thank you for posting I featured you on my blog just had to share the LOVE!


angie {the arthur clan} March 31, 2011

You have such a way of conveying what you are trying to teach us Susan…this was beautiful!

co-founder of I Heart Faces


Diana March 31, 2011

Great advice, When I’m shooting pets I like to get on their level, it adds so much more character to the picture.

Diana – http://www.memoriesbydiana.com/1/post/2011/03/i-heart-faces.html


Tracy P. March 31, 2011

This is exactly what draws me to Susan’s site again and again. I love the different perspectives. Some of my favorites are the ones at the beach with her camera down picking up the texture of the sand and rocks. This summer! Thank you Susan, for always offering a new idea that anybody can use!!


Mary Elizabeth March 31, 2011

Very interesting post! Love the commentary.
I was curious about all those jumps pics, now i know 🙂
Thank you Susan! 


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