Time for another ‘visual techniques’ post (See more here, here, and here). Let’s take a look at viewpoints today - it’s quite a practical topic that most of us should be able to relate to.
Have you ever looked at photos of children, and felt like they were just tiny, or something just didn’t feel quite right?
Or maybe you’ve seen a photo of a skyscraper before (like the ones below) and felt pretty impressed by the size of it?
So, here’s a breakdown of the two main viewpoints:
1. High angle viewpoints (you might have heard of it before as bird’s-eye view): Taking a photo from above makes your subject look small, and therefore seem vulnerable and weak. You’re looking down on it, literally.
This might seem a bit negative, which it can be if you’re taking photos of people. So whenever you’re taller than the person you’re photographing make sure you bend your knees a bit to be on the same level as them. I don’t usually have that problem, as I’m quite small, but sometimes it’s still good to go down a bit - it does make a difference!
High angle viewpoints can be useful for some things, though. For example, to give a clean background, or for overlooking an event/situation/place to give a general view of what’s going on.
2. Low angle viewpoint (or frog perspective): Taking a photo from below makes your subject look huge, impressive, and therefore emphasizes power, strength, and maybe even threat.
Just look at this famous photo by Elliott Erwitt to give you an idea of how powerful this technique can be.
If you have any good examples to illustrate either of the viewpoints, do post a link below. I’d love to see!