Canon EOS 60D, Point of View

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One thing I love about photography is that I get to show the world what I see, and it’s always fun to try photographing a subject from a different point of view to see what I can create. You don’t have to change your perspective drastically to get results—sometimes you can capture a great image simply by moving yourself up or down a few feet (Figures 8.10 and 8.11). Not only will you be looking at the subject from a different perspective, but your background will also change, sometimes for the better. Try moving up and down when taking photos to see what kind of results you can get.

This image of the inside of a church before a wedding was taken from a standing position.
FIGURE 8.10 This image of the inside of a church before a wedding was taken from a standing position.
Moving down a few feet and photographing the same scene from my knees changed the look of the entire bottom half of the image and is an improvement from the first photo. Notice that the back wall in the image doesn’t change from Figure 8.10 to this one.
FIGURE 8.11 Moving down a few feet and photographing the same scene from my knees changed the look of the entire bottom half of the image and is an improvement from the first photo. Notice that the back wall in the image doesn’t change from Figure 8.10 to this one.

Giving your images a different perspective can also change the dynamics of the image (Figure 8.12). By getting in close, you bring the viewer into the scene so they feel as if they’re experiencing the moment along with you.

I got in close to photograph this staged riot to make my viewers feel as if they were a part of it.
FIGURE 8.12 I got in close to photograph this staged riot to make my viewers feel as if they were a part of it.