Taking photos from a lower angle can produce a much more interesting photograph. We know this photography tutorial will help you challenge your perspective as you learn to view your subject in a different way.
Lower Your Standards
All photographers have their standard shooting stance. The pose you naturally assume when you are about to take a photo. Mine is a squat. A highly dignified, ladylike squat. After every photo session, I know my thighs will be tight and sore in the morning. (Photography, the next best thing to aerobics…) So my perspective is fairly consistent through my many folders of images. And this got me wondering: “What if I lowered my viewpoint even more? What will that look like?”
For the next day, I was either laid out flat on my stomach or curled up in a ball, much like a timid turtle, shooting with my elbows on the ground and my head canted well to the side so I could see through the viewfinder. Everything does look different from way down there.
Photography, in large part, is conveying to others how you see the world. Showing the things that grab your attention in a way that you find interesting. But it is easy to get complacent about exploring and experimenting with the art of photography.
So get low. I mean really low. Limbo low. In fact, for this shot above and the one below, I was flat on my stomach in the driveway. Yes, there were some dicey moments when I thought my cyclist was going to run me over and I was in no position to escape her Barbie tires. But I was able to sneak some images of the liveliness of a Sunday afternoon on our driveway. No one was posing with goofy fake smiles. No one was even paying attention to me. I was a fly on the wall. Or a bug on the ground…
If I had not been lower than my 22 month old (which can only be achieved in the prone position), I wouldn’t have been able to capture this moment of marked frustration with those horribly confining shoes I insist she wears outside. This is a war we wage daily. I know I will like this picture in a few years.
When you are laid out on your stomach, elbows propping you up, camera awkwardly lifted to your face, you are in no position to bark out posing orders or chase a wayward toddler. You have to take the shot that presents itself. You have to look around and see the world differently, approach the scene differently and allow yourself to photograph differently.
The world is incredibly vast. I know I often drive around the streets of my new town and view everything as I would through the lens of my camera. I see photographs and still images. And it is fun to see the familiar a bit differently. I challenge you to get out there and lower your standard. It is completely acceptable to lay in the middle of the street to get the shot you really want!
Julie Rivera is a family and children photographer who is starting over in Lexington, VA where her Army husband was recently stationed. She enjoys taking her camera to grocery stores, restaurants and any other place that will embarrass at least one family member. Check out her Website, follow her on Facebook or subscribe to her Blog where she posts sessions and views of her own little world.