Photography is about discovering the best viewpoint to capture your subject or scene. It's about choosing a lower or higher camera angle in order to create more innovative and eye-catching images. The only limit is your curiosity. For instance:
Look upward and skyward. Try this inside a capital dome or cathedral, in a forest, or in a city downtown when surrounded by skyscrapers. Sometimes a wide-angle is the best lens choice, but the keyword is experimentation.
Try a low camera angle - by sitting, kneeling, or even stretching out. This is great for catching short subjects like kids and pets at their eye level, and for showing unique perspectives of flowers.
Look down from on high. This can mean, simply, pointing the camera downward from a standing position - to catch a unique view of an arrangement of flowers or rocks, an interesting tile floor, a tide pool, or a pet. Otherwise, try an elevated view - from a building's balcony, the top of a staircase, a coastal bluff, a scenic overlook, etc.
Have fun going high, getting low, and trying out new perspectives!
Notes and Tips:
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