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.
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 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 doesn’t just have to mean ground-level. In this next image, it meant table-level.
Allow me to show you a progression of images, from my eye-level down to a lower (albeit, not ground-) level.
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.
BBQ-level. Dang, I totally want to reach out and grab one of those mugs!
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.
So go shoot some images. And then shoot them from a lower perspective. You may just find that you love what you create.
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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.