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4 Effective Tips to Improve the Quality of Low Angle Shots

There’s more to this world than what normally meets the eyes. Shots taken by pro photographers often bring out this “moreness”, when we go through those snaps, an oomph feeling kicks in and we end up praising the photographer and the hard work he’d put up to capture the feel that the photo emits.

Low angle shots can turn a mundane object to something that forces the gaze to fall upon it. You must have seen low angle shots of the Eiffel Tower and noticed it looks different from the way it looks in eye-level shots. That’s the beauty of low angle shots. They add so many dimensions to an ordinary object.

High quality low angle shots inspire many of us to learn photography. We feel so motivated that we take up the hard work to become photographers. Albeit motivation is a positive thing, we need to identify whether or not it’s blind motivation because if it is, then nothing constructive would ever come out of it.

To make sure motivation is coupled with appropriate knowledge, we’ll deliver useful tips in this article to those budding photographers, who are honing their skills to capture best quality low angle shots.

A trio of Ground Squirrels in the Kalahari desert engaging in mutual social grooming
Photo Credits: Kalahari Kinky/500px

A quirky viewpoint

You are trying something that’s different, so don’t hesitate and make it as different as you could. Make it unorthodox. To achieve that, you need to find a requisite viewpoint. If the shot is taken only below the eye-level, then it’d end up being just another low angle shot. But it’d be something unique, if you could take it from an unusual viewpoint.

Most of the low-angle shots that we throw our praise at, are taken from quirky viewpoints. That’s why they attract us so much. So if you want your low angle shots to be really appealing, then go for an unconventional viewpoint.

Wait for the moment

It all depends on the right moment. The most enticing photographs are the ones that are taken at the right moment. There’s no hard and fast definition of right moments. You need to intuit and figure out whether a particular moment is right for pressing the shutter of the camera.

For example, when you face down on the ground to capture a pigeon that’s just 2 feet up from your camera lens, it’s recommended for you to wait till the pigeon flies up the sky. The best moment is when it flutters its wings to move from where it was sitting. You need to identify the right moment and for that, need to have innate photography senses. They don’t come with practice, but practice could brush them up.

Select wider lens

Wider lenses are effective, when you are taking low angle shots. Your best bet is a fisheye lens or rectilinear lens, depending on the environment. The ideal range of the lens should be between 10mm and 45mm. However, if you have a 28mm lens with the crop factor being 1.6, then it will do the work just fine.

The advantage of using ultra-wide angle lenses is you could cover interesting subjects that are horizontally located from the camera lens. If you are in a monastery and capturing a hoary statue from below eye-level while you don’t want to miss the pond that is situated a bit far from the statue, ultra-wide angle shots help you capture the foreground as well as the main subject.

Use the skies

Sometimes, the main subject of the photo is not that important, the photo looks impressive because of the skies. A photo showing a sky with cotton wool like clouds to and fro steals the gaze of the onlookers and the objects on the ground and at eye-level are not given much attention.

It’s an old yet effective technique; low angle shots with ultra-wide lenses can harness it to the fullest. All you need to make sure are the skies have clouds and look contrasting to the object that you are shooting. Technical lookouts are the aperture of the frame and curvature of the corners. A ½ or ⅓ aperture is best to shoot the skies. The corners of the frame should have curvature; it makes the clouds look in motion.

Though all these tips are crucial, unrelenting practice comes out on top of them. Practice the tips above to bring perfection in your shots. It might take some time to reach improvement, but once you are at it, you could brandish your style in the form of exquisite low angle photographs that sensitize photography lovers and inspire others to rode up the elevator so they could join your rank.

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Tristan Taylor

Tristan Taylor, a proficient fashion photographer, is associated with various photography workshops, seminars and symposiums. He keeps himself updated with nitty-gritties of fashion photography industry. Tristan found Gulf Photo Plus extremely helpful to extract information regarding Fine art printing, Giclee print and other aspects related to photography.

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