Use Perspective to be more creative in your photography
In photography, perspective refers to the angle and height from which the picture is taken. It is true that most pictures are taken from standing height and eye level of an adult. That’s because it’s how we see the world, and it is natural for us to take our pictures from that perspective; however, that doesn’t always create the most interesting pictures, ones that capture the attention of the viewer and create interest in the pictures we share. By changing your perspective when photographing flowers, you change the dynamics of the picture, you avoid cliché shots and provide the viewer with an image different from what they are accustomed to seeing.
You have a lot of options when you start considering perspective in your flower photography. If the flowers are massed, get close to your subject and shoot the tops. You can fill the frame and create a sense of vastness and color. Get above the flower and take the shot looking straight down to capture an image that lets the viewer see into the flower. Shoot from below; you will be amazed at how much interest this will create in your photo. It seems many people don’t look at flowers from a low angle.
Break the mold in your flower photography and learn to take pictures from a different angles. Take lots of pictures and experiment from different angles and heights and you will capture beautiful memories of your time spent in the garden. You will enjoy photo shoots more, become more creative in composing your pictures and find greater interest from those who view your pictures.
Grab your cameras and mobile phones and practice these hints at the MCMGA’s Plant Sale October 5, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Examples of using perspective in flower photography.
If you missed the two previous articles, you can find them by going to the MCMGA Blog and clicking August, 2019.
Written by: Cliff Blackerby