New Angles

March 26, 2010

Photo Tips

Have you ever been to a field workshop or even a camera club field trip with a group of photographers? One thing you will often see is a line up of photographers with their cameras on tripods ready for the sunrise or sunset or any other great shot. They are logically in the same spot because this will often be a great location for this scene.

Then if you look carefully, you will notice that everyone has the cameras and tripods at eye-level (or close to it) and pointed out at middle to long distances. There is certainly no question that you can get great shots this way, but there is also no question that it gives a certain sameness to a lot of photography.

One way to break out from the crowd is to search out unique and different angles to your scene, to your subject. Get down low, get up high, move to the side or even to the back of a common subject.

Digital makes this very easy to do. You can try all sorts of angles and compare them instantly with your LCD. And you can try anything without fear of failure because if a photo isn’t great, so what? Digital costs you nothing to take the picture and you can delete the “evidence” if the photo isn’t attractive.

So experiment! Try new angles. Put your camera on the ground and try a shot. Even if you don’t have a rotating or swivel LCD (which is a big help), you can take the picture and instantly check it. If it isn’t quite right, redo it making some changes.

Put your camera on a tripod, then use the self-timer to take the picture, but not in the usual way. While the timer is counting down, hoist your camera over your head for a high angle shot. Again, check the shot and make adjustments if it isn’t quite right, then take the photo again.

Try this a bit and you will get in a habit of finding new and exciting angles for your photographs. This will give your images a look different than the average photographer’s photos.

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Rob Sheppard is the author/photographer of over 30 books, the editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and a nationally known presenter and workshop leader. His specialities are nature photography and helping photographers with digital technologies from getting the most from small sensors to Lightroom to Photoshop. Check out Rob’s websites at and

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