Tips on How to Shoot in Interesting Angles


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Photograph by: Robyn Payne Coleman

Tip: The vantage point ! This is an interesting shot. The angle at which this picture has been taken looks very compelling to the eye. The lighting is very intriguing. Also the contrast has come out quite well. It was a good idea to process this image into black and white.

Tips on how to shoot in interesting angles:

 Sit Down

Getting low will give you a very interesting perspective which opens horizons for new shooting opportunities. This position is perfect to shoot kids, pets etc.

 Climb Up High

You can head for the nearest tower, hill, terrace. This gives you a top down angle. Perfect for Aerial landscapes, cityscapes etc.

 Take A Stepladder Out

When amidst a huge crowd, carrying a step ladder doesn’t sound like a bad idea. This will help you to eliminate unwanted heads in the frame. It will also helps you get a general overview of the scene. This also helps you get closer to your main subject with an interesting alternative angle as compared to the regular angle.

 Hold Your Camera Up High

The easiest way to change your view is by simply holding the camera up above you to give you a different perspective of the scene. Cameras with swivel screen, like Canon EOS 600D allows you to raise your hand and shoot at a slightly higher angle when amidst a crowd.

 Go Wide

You can carry an extreme wide angle lens to do the job. You can also be on a normal lens and pan your camera to take multiple exposures of the scene and stitch it  to make a panorama in post. These days, you have an option to make a  Panorama on your phone cameras which is easy to use and it stitches on the spot.

 Lie Down

Again, this can get you some funny looks but it’s worth it as you’ll get an ant’s eye view that can give surprisingly good photographic results. Use a open aperture(small f number)  to maximise depth of field and keep an eye on your exposure if you’re including the sky in your shot. This position is also great for macro and close up shots of insects and plants, and any other small items on the ground.

 Use Reflections

Reflections can be great tools for changing perspective. As well as the obvious choices such as landscapes reflected in mirror-like lakes, look for puddles you can reflect people with umbrellas in, new buildings made of glass which can reflect slightly older structures and more abstract shots when the winds blowing so the water’s surface isn’t still.

 Shoot From Under/Below Things

This involves positioning your camera so it’s low to the ground but facing up towards the sky. This can produce some great images of flowers, for example, as it make it look like they’re leaning over your lens and provides a unique opportunity to get a lot of sky in the picture too.

By Harika M Chanana

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