Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Composition part 5: viewpoint

The fifth in a series on basic composition rules to further enhance the quality of your photographs if you are not aware of them yet - the first one, dealing with the rule of thirds, can be found here, the second one, dealing with the background choice, can be found here, the third one, dealing with framing within the frame, can be found here, the fourth one, dealing with leading lines, can be found here. I am using an article on the site Amateur Snapper as a guideline here, but providing examples from my own stream. One thing that sets a decent amateur photographer apart from the holiday snapshooter is the search for an original viewpoint from which to take the shot. This can transform the subject to a surprising extent. A simple example from my own stream (Jazz on the floor) is shown above. What would have been a rather boring shot of a dog on the floor becomes far more interesting by putting the camera actually on the floor as well. His surprised, almost indignant look, at this procedure is of course a welcome bonus.