The Genesis Connection
A Monthly Newsletter for Through the Lens Photography Club
June 2013 Edition
Tuesday, June 11th, 7pm
Gateway Church of the Nazarene, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Ideas to Inspire You
Lens Lessons: Photography Tips & Tricks
The Power of POV (point of view)
While light and composition are important factors in creating dynamic photos, perspective (point of view - POV) can affect the mood of a photo. Your viewers are humans, and their actions are governed by psychology. If you understand how the mind works, you can "control" the feelings a photo arouses in your viewer.
Shooting From a Height Lower Than the Subject
This is the angle you go for when you want to make something look influential, majestic, dominating, powerful, and admirable. The human mind instinctively recognizes the subject as dominating and powerful when the images is shot from below.
Shooting From the Same Height as the Subject
Shooting from this angle usually makes the viewer think of the subject as friendly, trustworthy, sociable, and of equal standards and influence. For example, a smiling businessman extending a hand towards the viewer should be at the same height as the photographer. A lower level would make the businessman seem insignificant, and positioning his head at a higher level would make him look almost patronizing and unfriendly. The images taken at the same height are typically used for marketing purposes, so the viewer feels welcome and unthreatened.
Shooting From a Height Higher Than the Subject
This tends to make the viewer feel like the subject is under his or her control and less influential. As an example, this angle could be used with glamour and fashion photography. A beautiful girl photographed from a higher level than her head, looking towards the camera with appropriate facial expression, can instinctively attract attention of male viewers (based on the fact that males usually want to be dominant).
Shooting With a Creative Eye
A photographers main job is to try to capture a photo that has likely been captured by dozens of other photographers, but to do so in a way unique from all the others. In other words, he/she strives to create a photo that stands out among all the others. POV is one way to put a new spin on the ordinary. Try looking at things through different eyes. Rather than taking a photo of a tree from a distance, try getting up close and take your picture through the branches or looking up the trunk. As you shoot, experiment with different angles. The more you experiment, the more you will discover what works and what doesn't work.