Dec, 5th 2016
The AdVantage Point
How does physical vantage point affect composition and impact our story-telling?
The 'Normal' View
As upright walking humans we’ve gotten pretty used to seeing objects and scenes from certain predictable angles. Vantage point is often simply defined as a place or position that affords a good view of something. Pre-planning a composition in our photography and artwork must include thoughful analysis of whether a normal, (human height, birds eye, or worm view) will boost the impact for the viewer creating that ‘Wow!’ factor.
One thing I’ve discovered both in studio and in the mountains is that a high-quality tripod that offers not only ultra wide stances - but an adjustable boom arm can really open up possibilities that push your images that extra mile. Sometimes even stabilizing my cameras on boulders just off the ground has been effective - and is much cheaper than a tripod. If you choose that route be sure to stabilize your gear well and use safety straps so that awesome new lens doesn't become a cliff jumper or go chasing river trout.
The challenge is to continue to be thoughtful about how the angles of perspective though your viewfinder truly tell the story you are trying to tell. It’s not a thinking outside the box thing— just a think around, up, below and underneath the box.
To challenge ourselves:
* Think about how linear perspective changes in a composition when we view it from extreme or unusual angles.
* Don't just settle for the low-hanging fruit when you're framing up your composition. Explore it from at least two
more angles and vantage points at a minimum.
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