Searching For The Right Angle

 
When shooting silhouettes, even the slightest of change in position can make or ruin a photo. Photograph/Rajiv Kumar Solanki

When shooting silhouettes, even the slightest of change in position can make or ruin a photo. Photograph/Rajiv Kumar Solanki

This article was originally published in October 2014.

Don’t Just Stand
Did you know that almost 86% of the world’s photographs are said to be shot from a height of around five to six feet? After all, that’s the average human height and most of us don’t bother with finding a point of view that is different from our regular viewpoint. It doesn’t even strike us. Which is why, the simplest of changes in standing position can make a scene look different. So bend a little, raise your camera above your head or even lie down flat on the ground.

After all, a human perspective is what all of us see. What about a dog’s perspective? Or an ant’s? Or an eagle-eyed view?

Sometimes, you may find a great setting and vantage point, but will need to wait for awhile for the right subject to pass by. Photograph/Riddhi Parekh

Sometimes, you may find a great setting and vantage point, but will need to wait for awhile for the right subject to pass by. Photograph/Riddhi Parekh

The Importance of Knowing Your Gear
When you shoot from a different position, you are often stretching yourself past your comfort zone and at a time like this, it is very important for you to be completely conversant with your gear. Want to kneel down on the ground? You wouldn’t want to struggle with camera settings in that position. Want to shoot from the hip? You ought to know what field of view that lens would cover.

Keep Walking
Sometimes, getting a unique point of view is not a matter of height and position, but simply involves us walking huge distances. Is there a tall building around that would give you a shockingly different look at an otherwise familiar place? Is there a place where you can find a structure that can be used as a framing element? Research and recces are invaluable, but the best way to do this effectively is just wander.

Keep your subject towards the corner only if your lens is of really good quality, as you may otherwise end up with soft corners! Photograph/ Senthil Kumar

Keep your subject towards the corner only if your lens is of really good quality, as you may otherwise end up with soft corners! Photograph/ Senthil Kumar

Go Easy with your Gear
Keep your equipment to a minimum. You may wonder what this has to do with finding a different perspective, but if you weigh yourself down with a lot of heavy gear, you will not feel as inclined to walk that extra mile on that mountaintop.

Also, constraining your options in terms of gear will force you to think creatively… access to all the lenses in the world may, in fact, make you lazy.

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