See it Different

dsc_1223One of the greatest things you can do to make your pictures stand out, and communicate the wonder, awe or amazement that compelled you to capture the moment in the first place, is change your perspective. Try a little expirement to see what I am talking about. Go find a tape measue and a willing helper. Have the willing helper measure the distance from your eyes to the floor. Remember that number. Now, grab your camera, hold it up like you are taking a picture and have the willing helper measure the distance from the center of the lens to the floor. The two numbers are not very different, are they? What that means is when you take a picture, you are usually taking the picture from the exact same perspective you use every single day. Now, do an exercise. Look at something in your immediate vicinity (lamp, flower, door knob, spouse). Now, close your eyes, crouch down and look at the same object. It looks different doesn’t it? Next, lay on your back on the ground and look at the object. It looks different again. Now stand on top of something stable, solid and without wheels on it. Look at your object again. It has a different look to it. Safely climb down and walk right up to your subject and put your eye an inch away. Looks really different. We could keep this exercise going through half a dozen more steps, but you get the point. We all see things from particular angle all the time. Put that perspective in a picture and tends to be rather boring and humdrum. To make your picture stand out, change your perspective. Capture the subject from an angle different than most of the world sees it and your image will capture the viewers attention. Instead of shooting a picture down at your kids from your eye level, get down below their eye level and shoot up at them. Instead of taking the great big panorama shot of the beautiful mountain, zoom in close and get the blossoming flower on the side of the mountain. Instead of shooting the barn from front and center, go way off to the side and real close to shoot the corner or some prominent feature with the rest of the barn out of focus. falling-pistilsHave fun with this, play with the different ways your camera can see the subject. Repeat the earlier exercise, but this time take your camera with you and at each new angle take a picture. Try to figure out how many different ways you can take a picture of one thing. Be creative and you just might be looking at everything differently. (But don’t lay down on the floor in the middle of a crowded restaurant, unless you are getting paid really good money to do it.)

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