In regards to children’s photography, nosotros are often advised to shoot at heart level. We are warned of all the dangers of shooting from above or beneath them. More specifically, shooting from higher up a child can brand the subject appear weak, subservient and pocket-sized. Alternatively, shooting from below tin can make an image seem angry, intimidating, or add together weight to your discipline. These are true, and should be kept in listen. Still… I desire to talk to y’all about shooting from different angles for better photos. Loftier and low angle shots can add together involvement & personality! It can add to the overall feeling and emotion of the shot, creating a unique and moving photograph story. Below are some examples of how a simple alter of angle can change the mood of a photo.
Shooting from Above
Here is a portrait of my oldest, shot from in a higher place.
The goal for this photograph was a vintage portrait. I think that the angle portrays her dainty and fragile stature, which is in keeping with the styling of the photo. It helps the viewer to know that the subject is a child, where shooting straight on left this questionable.
I chose to shoot wide open, blurring her dress and body nicely, while focusing on those lashes and fabulous freckles.
Next, nosotros have my youngest blowing bubbling, shot from above. What I love most about this bending is the motion. You can almost feel those bubbling coming off the blower. Information technology’south a stretch from the usual chimera shot, making this story more about the bubbling, and less about the subject.
This angle too gives us a good peek of her torso, instead of just her caput and shoulders. It highlights those great freckles and bonus…. the sky lights it all upwardly nicely, for a fun and colorful photo!
You lot might say…”But we can’t see the child! What fun is that!” This is a valid point! This was a pick I made. To modify the story. Shooting bubbles from the side and straight on would requite you some bokeh, or perchance a hilarious facial gesture. Only, if you lot have 10 albums full of from the side bubble shots, why not mix it up!
Shooting from Beneath
Here, my [disgruntled, and only a bit angry] child is doing her chores.
The depression angle makes her announced strong, capable and qualified for the job! [whether she wants to be or not]. The depression angle caused the light to flare just a footling flake extra. Tilting that lens just a little, will often outcome in a big change in the light
In addition, had I shot this straight on, a few important things would be missing. The shadow on the floor, and the leading lines of the countertops. This would be a shame, considering the shadows add together a depth to the photograph, and the leading lines draw your eye to our poor little Cinderella.
And one last photograph:
Shot from lower than eye level, a sliver of low-cal placed directly on the back half of her face.
The goal hither, to testify the moody nature of the angry tween, mad at her sister for not playing Barbies. Shooting from below made her announced larger, which was of huge importance to this photo, because shooting from in a higher place would have made her look smaller. For this specific photo, making her appear smaller would accept fabricated it feel lamentable, scared or maybe even pitiful and/or disturbing. The black and white conversion was a must, to properly convey “moody”.
Well-nigh of my shots Do follow the rules, merely there are times when breaking them really pays off. It’south the oddballs, the unique and quirky shots, that are always my favorite. I would like to claim that all these angles were thought out beforehand and executed flawlessly, merely I can’t tell a lie.
I did have a vision for these shots, before I even picked up the camera. Then, I played with angles to go the look I had imagined.
So how almost we just experiment! Consider the goal for your photo and try it out. Consider shooting from dissimilar angles for better photos. Become upward on a ladder, lay apartment on your belly, hang upside down! Squat, lunge, curve & stretch…. if you wake up sore the next day, you’re doing information technology correct. You could end up with a groovy photo…. and tighter, more than toned buttocks!!!! That friends, is what we call a win-win.