My my, it’s Day 6 of the 30 Day Photography Challenge already. Today’s task is to tackle the fine art of low-angle photography. In direct contrast to yesterday’s post on high-angle photography, we’re going to talk about the differences between the two, and how you can use low-angles to improve your photography.
The whole point of these two posts is to help you to think of other ways to shoot.
More often than not, I shoot from my eye level, looking forward.
Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I might bend down a little bit, or perhaps shoot from the hip. Invariably though, I’m still looking directly forward.
Yesterday we looked at looking down, but we’re gonna turn that on it’s head today, by looking up. Looking up is great for many different styles of photography, but there’s one in particular which comes to mind, and that’s architecture.
The photo that I’ve chosen for today is from the inside of the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. I wandered into the hotel to visit the Titanic Exhibit, and was in awe of the building as soon as I crossed the threshold. So different to what I expecting, the ceiling vaulted up, into a hollow pyramid.
The mixture of diagonal, horizontal, and vertical lines all came together to leave a really interesting texture to the photo, taken from an unfamiliar angle. If the flag wasn’t hanging down in this photo and you saw it, would you know straight away that it was a photo looking straight up?
To take this photo, I rested the camera on a bench, and took a few shots to adjust the framing. It was a really easy photo to take… once I had spotted it.
This is what you want to think about when you’re taking photos. All too often we just look at what’s around us, without ever looking up or down.
Now, I’ve gone for a pretty drastic effect here, but don’t feel like you have to match it. There’s no reason why you have to look straight up.
Sometimes just placing your camera on the ground and snapping away is good enough for a low-angle shot. The idea is that you’re either close to the ground and looking up, or you remove the ground (and the horizon) from the equation altogether and look at something much taller than yourself.
When you remove the horizon from the photo, it disrupts the balance of the photo and make the angle feel rather precarious. This can be a very powerful tool when it comes to composition as you can make the viewer feel uneasy, without them necessarily understanding why.
If you would like to keep track of the 30 Day Photography Challenge, come on over to my Facebook page, Twitter and/or Pinterest, and share your photos with me and the rest of the community. The best ones will be included in these posts. Alternatively, you can leave a comment below. (Note: if you’re linking from Facebook, be sure to ‘copy image address’).