8 unique photography perspectives & vantage points
Since you are becoming a super pro at using 50mm, by now you should have already played with a few different vantage points. More than likely, by now, you have had to get close to images or back away from them while experimenting with edge tension. Perspective can tell a story and make a viewer feel as if they are in the photographer’s shoes. Taken from far away but clearly focusing in on an unbeknownst subject may make the viewer feel voyeuristic, whereas taking images close up to an emotional subject may make them feel closely connected with them.
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basic perspective terminology and concepts
BIRD'S EYE VIEW
This is, of course, frequently seen in aerial photography of cities and some landscapes. However, it is also possible from tall buildings or mountains.
BUG'S EYE VIEW
You look up and take a picture, or you may even place your camera on the ground and take images of what is on the ground, the opposite of a bird’s eye view.
CLOSEUP & ABSTRACTION
Taking images from closeup. This may also appear as abstraction or macro photography.
This of course, means that the subject and the photographer are looking at each other eye-to-eye.
Seriously does this one even need to be defined?
Using background, focal point and foreground subjects to manipulate the viewers vision into seeing two objects as sizes that are different than reality.
The photographer takes on the role of one or more subjects taking a picture from their perspective, allowing the viewer to take on the perspective of the subject.
This image makes it clear that the subject is unaware of being photographed. It may involve standing somewhat far away or making it appear that they are watching through a window or a doorway.