Point Of Views in Photography

Point of view in photography means the position from which the camera sees the scene or the subject to be photographed. Questions like – Are you looking up at the subject? Are you looking down on the subject? How close are you to the subject? Is there anything between you and the subject? gets addressed in ‘Point of View’ (POV) and every decision that you make about point of view will change how your viewer sees and interprets the photograph. This makes POV a very crucial aspect in photography and thats exactly why, PhotoConcierge has brought top five tips for those perfect point of views

Go ‘Up High’

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Photo Credit: Bitan Basu

Looking around for a higher spot could possibly bring a whole new interesting perspective on the subject. Trust us, there will always be a place to get up on – be it a stairway or a tower or a balcony.  It is always interesting to see the chaos in a busy street from a height than seeing it at its normal level. Just couple of feet about the heads of people on the street will give you a heads up and also adds a diminished significance to it. Newspaper photographers from the early 40’s are known to be masters of “Hail Mary” technique – where the camera is held over the heads to get above the crowd for a interesting POV. Practised even today, Hail Mary will always help.

Go Low 

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Photo Credits: Francis Audet

There is always this frogs perspective of looking at things and this POV is by far the most interesting one. Going Low can make even a ant look gigantic – imagine shooting an ant from below and making it look like a macho! Get the camera on the ground. With practice you can learn to put the camera on the ground, angle it up a bit and shoot away. How much to angle it is the trick, which anyone can figure after a couple of test shots. Looking straight up on monuments or even a street can add a lot of dramatisation from such low POV. In other words, Point your camera up to give objects a towering, looming presence.

Be The Subject Itself 

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Photo Credit: David Barnett

This is different from ‘eye level’ POV and by far the most commonly used technique as well. It is the POV of the person interacting with the subject. Imagine a baby is born and you hold its hands. The photograph should capture the holding of hands, which is from your perspective and perhaps have the blurred image of the child at the background. Based on the subject you decide to shoot, this POV can be captivating or even disturbing.

Eye Level

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Photo Credit: Sudhakar Bichali

Is the POV that we usually see with our naked eyes and is captured by the camera. This POV makes wildlife imageries all the more interesting because one does not get to be with wild animals everyday! Therefore an eye level POV of wildlife makes the images look stunning

Bird’s Eye 

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Photo Credit: Rammohan Paranjape

Considered to be the most expensive, for you get to fly in a helicopter or an aircraft, this POV captures the entire landscape from a birds point of view. You would have noticed how tough it is to get the ‘window seats’ in airplanes these days, for most of the photographers reserve this spot, hoping to capture those breathtaking landscapes of planet earth. This POV is also great for capturing textures and patterns and the depletion of natural resources or afforestation etc., We have also seen how beautiful Wildebeest or Elephant migration in Africa looks from a birds eye view.

To summarise, POV’s define the way people relate themselves to the photo you take. Make it worthwhile by figuring out which POV would make the scene all the more interesting.

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