To begin with, it’s important to be open minded when approaching a shoot. It is extremely easy to fall into the trap of photographing subject matter in a way you’ve seen it photographed before.
When starting out, there is no harm in exploiting angles used by others to set the standard. But in order to express yourself as an artistic photographer, it is essential that you approach your subject with a fresh perspective on the location, objects, people and environment that you photograph. Remove from your mind the conventional way to shoot the scene before you and begin considering the vast variety of options before you.
Getting down low is one of the easiest ways to alter your photographic perspective and can be utilized effectively in a whole range of contexts. When shooting landscapes, it can be extremely beneficial to get down low in order to include some foreground interest and add a sense of depth to the image.
It’s also really useful when photographing kids and pets to get down to their level and take shots from a similar perspective as them. Using a wide angle lens will be very helpful when getting down low and it can also sometimes be difficult to look through the viewfinder (unless you have a flip out screen), so you may have to resort to a bit of trial and error to get your shot just right.
Photo by Ekaterina Utimisova