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CLASSROOM: How Shooting from Eye Level (or Not) Makes a Difference

8 April 2019

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CLASSROOM: How Shooting from Eye Level (or Not) Makes a Difference

A very slight and easy change one could implement to an otherwise straightforward approach in street photography (as well as other genres) is to play with shooting from angles other than eye-level. It may an unconscious choice by some people that their perspective doesn’t shift much from their own, so I think it’s important to discuss how even a minor alteration in angle can improve, or at least change, the image.

When working in a fast-paced journalistic or street photography environment, simply lowering your perspective is a great way to highlight and separate certain subjects or events. As well as this, pulling the perspective away from eye level offers a way of looking at something that is not “basic” or generic. We are so subconsciously used to seeing things from our own perspective that very often when we see a photo that shows something even slightly different to our own experience, it can be inspirational.

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Image credit: Petapixel

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