Angles - Photography Tip #3

Sometimes you need to look at things from a different direction. In life, and in photography. 

Look through your viewfinder - that's the little peep hole on the back of your camera, not to be mistaken with the screen - and change your perspective. Actually, before taking any pictures go for a walk and look at everything around you from different angles. Look up, look down, angle your head in all different directions. Looking at everything like it's a rectangular photograph. 

The perspective becomes even more dramatic when you are looking through the viewfinder. Looking on the bigger screen or shooting with a phone camera allows too much of your peripheral vision to intrude on the composition of your photograph.

Here are some samples of what I'm talking about:

 
Looking straight up.

Looking straight up.

 
 
Looking straight down and angling to the left. The lines at an angle also create an optical illusion of the photograph looking crooked on the page.

Looking straight down and angling to the left. The lines at an angle also create an optical illusion of the photograph looking crooked on the page.

 
 
Angle up and to the right.

Angle up and to the right.

 
 
Straight up.

Straight up.

 
 
Angle straight down. The boat was already angled.

Angle straight down. The boat was already angled.

 

Now take your camera out and go play.

I am happy to answer any questions you have (to the best of my ability) now, or after you tests out shooting at angles.