Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Welcome back to our next topic in our Photo Tip Series. Today, I am writing about taking different angles of your subject matter. These are easy techniques that most photographers can use when out in the field and or at home. Most people are tired at looking at the same angles most photographers use, which is normal stand up angle. My college photography class professor said one should excite the viewer in your photo by taking a chance on a wide variety of angles. Here is the break down of the different angles such as natural standing up angle, the bird view, ground angle, kneeling angle, and sitting angle.
The natural standing up photographing angle is used for many reasons. This photography angle is the basic technique for beginner photographers. Even a child can use this technique. There is nothing more to describe about this technique.
The next angle is called the bird view angle which sounds interesting because you get the camera as high as you can put it over your head, or mount the camera on a mono-pod, and or use a step stool. One will use this method in crowds, protests, marching bands, and parades. When one cannot see anything over people’s heads, try this angle technique. When photographing this position, put the camera focus on auto or manual put the lens at infinity. Check your shutter speed and aperture before taking the photo. I recommend keeping the aperture at F8 because it covers your subject in focus. Look for photojournalist using this technique in the field. These photographers are easy to spot with a lot of equipment around there neck.
It is all about the angle. Most people don’t think about this angle when photographing certain subject matter works with wide angle. I recommend using this angle on buildings, wide exhibit displays, parade floats, vehicles, some amateur sporting events. This angle is called the floor angle. Basically, put your camera on the ground and tilt it up a little. When photographing this position, put the camera focus on auto or manual put the lens at infinity. Check your shutter speed and aperture before taking the photo. I recommend keeping the aperture at F8 because it covers your subject in focus, which is the same as the bird view angle. One will be amazed and the creativity you captured in your photo.
Another good angle is called the kneeling angle. This gives the photographer a better perspective on their subject matter. This technique is used for photographing individual vehicles, football games, soccer games, parades, and children. All you to do is kneel on your knees. This is not recommended for photographers who have a hard time getting back up. It is recommended that a person use knee pads when kneeling for long periods of time.
The next angle technique is called the sitting angle. Many people have used the sitting angle at weddings, children plays, sporting events, and more. This angle is very limited because you can’t move around and have to photograph from one sitting position. Just try to make the most out of this situation.
Technique Disclaimer: All of these types of angles should be used at your own risk. Some of these angle techniques might be hard for photographers. Please do not attempt using any of these angle techniques if not able to move in certain positions and are not mobile person.
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