10 Tips & Tricks to Dramatically Change the Perspective in Your Photos
By Michael - 3 min read
In 99% of our shots we look through the viewfinder and shoot at eye-level. But did you know that changing your perspective can dramatically add to your photos?
In 99% of our shots we look through the viewfinder and shoot at eye-level. But did you know that changing your perspective can dramatically add to your photos? Here are our ultimate tips & tricks on shooting from the most unusual perspectives.
1. The one-point perspective
Look around you and understand the lines that frame your photo: roads, railway tracks or hallways are perfect for that. Focus on the vanishing point, make it the center of your composition and your photo will definitely draw the viewer’s attention to it.
2. Go close
You’ll never go wrong with this one. Go close and when you think you’re really close, go even closer. There are lots of perspectives that only reveal themselves once you’re close enough.
3. Shoot from above
A classic, but still very effective. Climb a chair, a ladder, a pole or a building and take a shot from up there. Make sure to point your camera straight down there to achieve the strongest effect.
4. Shoot from below
Get own on the ground and shoot up. Suddenly feet are huge, legs are ultra-long and the whole world bends all around your main subject. If there are lines or building around that frame your subject, even better.
5. Try the shot from the hip
Don’t think just shoot. Forget about perspectives, take your phone in your hand and shoot without looking through the display. Only look at the results afterwards – you’ll always be surprised.
6. The GoPro: shoot from something that moves (real fast)
Take your motorbike, bicycle, helicopter or anything else that moves, place your camera on it and shoot. The beauty of these shots is that one part of the image remains static while the other part seems to move around it. Results in very strong & dynamic shots.
7. Play with horizontal lines
Whenever you shoot outside, there’s most possibly a horizon you can play with. Turn your camera to the left or right to play around with it, or even shoot from a 90° degree angle to flip the world upside down.
8. Frog around
Just like tip nr.4, this is about going to the ground of things. But instead of shooting up you shoot straight. The result: the world seen from a frogs perspective.
9. Shoot up in the air
This is easier said than done. Of course can always point your camera skywards, but mostly you just see sky then. So: put yourself in very unusual positions first and THEN shoot up. The results are all up to you!
10. The rest is imagination
Get rid of your seeing conventions and leave the characteristic parts of your subject, like faces or eyes, out of the image. You’ll see that it creates a totally different mood.