Exploring perspective

For me, the perspective from which i am going to shoot my model is one of the most important choices because it has a direct emotional impact on the image. You can look up, look down, or position yourself at the same height as your model. Shooting upward makes the subject appear strong and confident—as if you are a child looking up to an adult world. Shooting from above makes the subject seem smaller, weaker, and more vulnerable. When you shoot from an equal height you create communication and understanding— you are on the same level as your model. Once you understand the implication of perspective you can use it consciously to enhance the atmosphere of your images.

How Exploring Perspective

Shooting from below

Even in this contained pose, shooting upwarc makes Annelies look unreachable behind the "fence" of her legs. To get lower i would place my camera on the ground, or Annelies on a box.

Shooting on the level

By positioning myself so that I am face to face with Annelies I create a connection with her, even though she is not looking into the camera.

Shooting from above

The Intimacy of the pose Is enhanced by an overhead view. Notice how the foot and leg lose prominence through the three Images, while the head and shoulders become more important.

Shooting from below

Even in this contained pose, shooting upwarc makes Annelies look unreachable behind the "fence" of her legs. To get lower i would place my camera on the ground, or Annelies on a box.

Shooting on the level

By positioning myself so that I am face to face with Annelies I create a connection with her, even though she is not looking into the camera.

Shooting from above

The Intimacy of the pose Is enhanced by an overhead view. Notice how the foot and leg lose prominence through the three Images, while the head and shoulders become more important.

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Perspective Photography

Relative viewpoints

The two images above show a confident woman — her strong character captured by shooting upward toward her face and upper body. in the large image on the left, although i was shooting upward toward her face in absolute terms, the perspective is different in relative terms—her head is bent down so much that the effect is the same as if i was looking down into her face from above. so, although taken from the same position as the other two, in this image Annelies appears vulnerable.

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  • virgilia
    How to" exploring perspective"?
    7 years ago

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