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Viewpoint and Angle

The viewpoint and camera angle can have a dramatic effect on any photo. Before you go click keep looking through the viewfinder and try experimenting by moving around your subject to see what else may be included in the shot. Tilt the camera up to find a more interesting angle. Look up from the viewfinder to see if you can see another viewpoint or switch lenses or zoom in tight or go really wide to find a more creative angle.
Get Low and Go Wide
By getting low and using a wide angle lens has allowed Miro to capture the length of the carriage which draws the eye through the images, fill the foreground with grass for additional interest and provide room to show enough sky to give that compliment and contextualize the gorgeous afternoon light he has captured.
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In Tight
Sometimes you will need to change your lens focal length to get the best result. In a landscape photography it is often tempting to use a wider lens but shot below shows how a long focal length can help pick out the detail and capture a moment.
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Look Down
After trudging up several flights of stairs the photographer has been rewarded by an image with impact. The repetitive lines from the stairs on either side framing and drawing the eye to the dome at the center is reinforced by the high viewpoint and the wide angle.
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Look Up
It is easy to fall into the habit of looking straight ahead with your camera held to your eye not looking up or down. Imagine how many good images we have all missed as a result. The beautiful image of the Buddha benefits from the converging vertical lines of the Buddha which creates perspective. The moon adds accent and balance in this nicely captured image.
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Try This
Take a zoom lens find a subject take a picture with the wide angle of the zoom with the subject near and a detailed background. Now change to the telephoto end or the lens move back and fill the viewfinder with the subject and take another picture. Now compare the images noting how changing the focal length affects the relationship between the foreground and background elements.


Dennis McKelroy

01 November 2014

Excellent advice, and if might add one other suggestion, if one's camera has a live view mode, it helps also to get a feel for what will be included in the image. The view finder on most DSLRs only represents a presentage of the final image. The LCD will present a larger frame for those who are just learning to "see".

Thanks for the post and beautiful images.