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All You Need to Know to “Get Down” With Low Angle Photography

Shooting trees in a forest with low angle photography highlight the trees’ height and the sky surrounding them. Shooting trees in a forest with low angle photography highlight the trees’ height and the sky surrounding them.

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As a photographer, it’s natural to point and shoot subjects at eye level. Whether photographing people, landscapes, a city block, or a wedding, viewers are used to seeing pictures as if they were standing in the photographer’s shoes. It’s easiest to shoot at eye level and head on to the photography subject.  

However, eye-level doesn’t have to be the only way to capture the world through a camera lens. Angled photography adds interesting dimensions and emotions to any subject. Some of the best angles for pictures may seem unusual but make for very intriguing photography. Get out of your comfort zone and reap the rewards of low-angle photography.

Low angle shot

With a low-angle shot, the expected eye-level photography perspective shifts. Instead of shooting at the adult’s regular height, a low angle shot occurs when the camera angle is positioned below the subject’s eye line, pointing upward. Low-angle photography creates the feeling that any subject is bigger, taller, wider, and (sometimes) closer. 

Get as low to the ground to take photographs resulting in dramatic, extreme low angle shots.

Extreme low angle shot

A low-angle shot requires some physical effort. And an extreme low-angle photo answers the question of “how low can you go?” Technically, an extreme low-angle shot is positioned below the subject’s feet. The results can be unique perspectives people aren’t used to seeing.

For an extreme low-angle shot, lay the camera on the ground and shoot using a small tripod and manual shutter. Or crouch down or lay on the floor. Another essential accessory to use is a remote control or time-release controller to take photographs. Once the camera is mounted on the small tabletop tripod, the actual photographing is performed from a comfortable distance using a remote control device. 

Low angle photography makes the smallest flowers look much bigger.

Low Camera Angle Examples

A low-angle view is an excellent option for many photography subjects. Some of the ways low angle photography works well include:

  • In cities or landscapes, low-angle shots create feelings of awe or excitement. Looking up while photographing buildings or mountains gives a sense of height or a dramatic sense of purpose. A more significant part of the sky captured in a low-angle shot also brings a dramatic feel to the photograph. 
  • A low camera angle highlights a scene from an animal or insect’s perspective in a garden, woods, or other natural environments. They provide ordinary aspects of the environment that aren’t noticed from a standing position. A low angle means flowers and trees look much bigger and more imposing. 
  • Low-angle photography can also be used for events or parties to capture motion blur, such as with dancers or performers on stage. The low-angle perspective gives a fresh viewpoint to the audience and adds to the event’s overall excitement.
  • Capture children at play from their eye level or lower. Photographing children from a standing position can create awkward angles. Kids’ facial expressions can be captured better at their level through low-angle photography. When taking photos of children during an event or function, go to their eye level and capture moments through their eyes. This will create high-impact, impressive images.
A bridge’s leading lines give a low angle photo more depth than looking head on.

Photo angle ideas

Low-angle photography can also use lines to highlight angles. Leading lines created by subjects such as a bridge, river, road, or trail give a photo more depth. If there are people in the shot, they’ll appear to be taller and more imposing in the frame. This immediately captures the attention of viewers. If you’re drawn to shooting the sky, there are few distracting background details in low-angle photography. Indeed, everything else becomes secondary, and the sky or the ceiling is your canvas. 

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