Use more dynamic viewpoints for stronger images.

In the normal course of the day, the typical viewpoint for a human is about 4.5′ off the ground. Standing height, sitting in car, sitting on a chair or stool, and looking left and right, up and down at that height. We see so much of the world this way it’s commonplace. Nothing new.

Just choosing a different angle, height, and engaging your subject from that viewpoint will add a tremendous amount of visual interest on its own. It creates interest by breaking their normal viewpoint and giving them something different. The path less traveled.

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The viewpoint adds to the interest in this snapshot of my dog. Far more interesting then standing at normal height looking down. The depth of field also centers the viewers focus, and using the rule of thirds helps with a more dynamic subject placement.

To create a much more dynamic image, change the viewpoint. Use a view that is uncommon and not normally seen. Lay on the floor, stand on a ladder, use a dutch tilt, shoot from outside in, from above, from below, through objects in the foreground. Anything different will add some additional interest to your images and give the viewer a fresh viewpoint. If all the other components of the image are done well, it will dramatically improve the overall image and add additional interest for the viewer.

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This was shot overhead for its more interesting angle, but also out of necessity to show all the elements of the scene clearly. There was a lot of detail that needed to be shown to fully illustrate the scene for the viewer.

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I shot this image while lying in the grass to get a more dynamic angle, include the grass in and leaves in the foreground to help frame the subject, and include the interesting sky in the background.

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Another example shooting from a low angle, using the reflection off the floor to lead the viewer to the subject and add interest. This was shot for a bridal fashion catalog as one of the section covers. It was one in a series of 60 or so images shot for the manufacturer.

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