Summertime means photos of family & friends at play. If you find yourself capturing great moments of “the little people” then consider these easy tips!
(This is also a great time to check out our tips for dealing with Multi-Camera Vacations.)
What do we know about kids? Well, they’re short. Shorter than most adults anyway. Yet almost all our shots of them are taken from the height of an adult. We hold the camera somewhere near our adult face, up on our adult head, perched WAAAYYY up on our adult body. But if we just lower the camera to their height, we see an image adults don’t normally see. Showing a subject in a different way can make the average look quite interesting.
And you’ve seen those pesky paparazzi mobbing the celebrities. Well, let’s admit it: YOU have found yourself mobbed by those pesky paparazzi, no? Well, they are holding their cameras above their heads for more than the obvious reason of getting above the crowd in front of them. They also know the shot becomes more interesting, if the subject is seen from an angle we as viewers don’t normally experience.
So here, you can see me shooting from higher than my own altitudinally-challenged stature. No, there are no competing press photographers in front of me. In fact, there are mainly a bunch of little people scooting around.
By the way, you can CLICK on any photo in this post for a LARGER VIEW.
But by holding the camera high, and shooting down, I can get photos that look like the one just below.
So give it a try. You might surprise yourself with the results.
Good photographers just build up a set of these techniques, and know when to put them to use.
You might seriously improve your own shots by learning & using just a few of these. Shooting from positions other than adult-head-height is one of the easiest of these techniques to learn & use!