Shooting From Different Angles
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Shooting from different angles
I am a huge fan of shooting from head on but it is fun to spice up your photos by shooting from different angles. Sometimes you will be able to tell a better story by shooting from a different angle. Here are a few angles to try out to add interest to your photos. Remember you can do these even if you don’t have a fancy camera.

  • No.
    01
    Get down on your subject's level.

    This is extremely important if you are shooting children. Megan talked about this when she wrote the lesson on creating a photo essay. You don’t want to have all the pictures of your kids from your angle.

    You can see in the two photos below that the first was taken sitting on a chair by her and the second one I got down on her level.

    This is the same photo just on her level.

  • No.
    02
    Below your subject.

    This can be a bit of a challenge but Janell of Janell Hughes Photography has a wonderful example of this angle. She was playing “airplane” with her daughter and took this photo. Isn’t it lovely??

    By Janell at Janell Hughes Photography

  • No.
    03
    Above your subject.

    This is different than just shooting at your own level. You have to figure out what type of photo would be good for this angle.

  • No.
    04
    From behind.

    Of course you have to take the cliche walking away picture but there are some other fun photos you can take. When you take photos from behind you can tell a better story sometimes than including the face.

  • No.
    05
    Over the shoulder.

  • No.
    06
    Lay on your stomach.

    Even if you end up looking like this :O) But I was able to achieve the shot below it.

    Taken by Kathleen @ Rock it One Day at a Time

18 Comments
  • February 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    This is great, thank you! I’m going to try some different angles this week.

  • February 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Work that sand!! :)

  • February 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    I feel like you wrote that just for me. haha I have been so worried about exposure, lighting, etc that I haven’t paid any attention to my composition. Thanks, I needed this! :)

    • March 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      Thanks so much! Glad I could help :O)

  • February 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    What a great reminder to shoot from different angles – I really focused on angles in my last photo shoot. It made a huge difference!

  • February 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    i love the eyelashes!!

  • February 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    haha love that picture of you on the beach! Thanks for featuring my photo!

  • Heather
    February 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Great tips! And you’re making me miss Southpoint Mall! Jealous that you guys are in NC… :-)

  • February 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Those of you that can squat or kneel…enjoy it! My arthritis won’t let me get on my daughter’s level very well and it kills me.

  • rachel
    February 15, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    love it. great inspiration, courtney! my 18 week tummy is starting to show, so i’m about to start up the prego pics :)!

  • February 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Wonderful tips and photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • February 15, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    I love your beach pic.

    I hope you are still having fun!!!

  • Carlynn
    February 16, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    I didn’t even have a chance to read this post yet, but this is exactly what I’ve been trying to do this week. I’m hoping looking from a different angle will spice things up and help me step out of my very left brain box. My day 46 post was from a different angle. Thanks for reading my mind once again.

  • January 12, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    I am so happy I found your site!! So much helpful information goes through here. I love learning and you make me love it even more than before! Thank you!! :)

    ~Rose

  • Roberto
    March 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Gracias por la información. Sus fotos son preciosas.

  • Saloni
    February 4, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Thanks I m going to try it out as I was unknown hw my Frd take a pic thank you so much!!!!!😘😘😘😘😘

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