Change your Point of View to Improve Composition in your Photographs

Same location, same scenery, same subject – wonder, how some photos stand out from the rest? Well, the trick is – not to capture an image at the eye level, instead try out a new angle by changing your position.

We’ve explained Composition techniques like Rule of Thirds, Centred Composition, Leading Lines, Fill the Frame, Pattern & Texture, Rule of Odds, Colour Theory, Frame within a Frame, Simplicity & Minimalism, Rule of Space, Left to Right Rule, Isolate the Subject & Negative Space, Foreground Composition & Panning in our previous blogs. Now, let’s understand the next Composition technique – Change your Point of View.

Here’s How to Change your Point of View to Create those Amazing Camera Shots!

  • Position yourself at a greater height than your subject
  • Get down low to photograph your subject
  • Go for a Dutch Angle
  • Let there be someone/something between you and your subject

Position yourself at a greater height than your subject

You can try this – by clicking a picture of a river from a bridge, a monument from the terrace of a building/from your hotel room or a restaurant and so on.

This position will make your subject look smaller which wouldn’t have been possible at an eye level click.

Take a look at the below shots of the breathtaking river in Meghalaya taken from a high angle.

Change your point of view DSLR photography

Change your point of view photography composition

Get down low to photograph your subject

You can capture your subject by positioning yourself – facing towards the sky.

This position will make your subject look larger compared to a click taken at an eye level.

Check out the below example of Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pondicherry taken from a low angle

Change your point of view photography in DLSR photography

Another example of a photo taken from Inside a Cave in Meghalaya

Change your point of view in photography

Go for a Dutch Angle

You can give a creative twist to your picture by using a Dutch Angle – tilting your camera.

This position will help you capture a more dynamic shot of your subject.

Here’s a morning pic of Dawki River with colourful boats at the shore, Meghalaya taken using a Dutch Angle

Change your point of view photography Dutch Angle

Let there be someone/something between you and your subject

You can include a subject along with your main subject while composing your image.

Take a look at the below pic for more clarity

Change your point of view

A different perspective – this photograph depicts a moment of a nature lover trying to capture the beautiful landscape of Meghalaya on his smartphone.

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Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Change your Point of View Composition with the help of practical examples.

Change your point of view Photography

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