Point of View

posted on 5th of march, 2008

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Fresh out of ideas? Your creative meter stuck on zero? Got the late winter idea blahs? I recommend reading this. It’s rather long but hey, if you are stuck in a morass of boredom with your creative brain flat lining, what else do you have to do? Or you can go to YouTube for a shorter video reprise. Be warned though the video first comes off as a “just say no to all mind altering substances” but persist and you’ll get about 25 % of the jest of the full reading of the PDF text version.

Sometimes all you need to do is change your perspective. Or as they call it in the movie biz: POV (point of view). Get down on the ground level; get to the top floor and shoot up or down. Your position relative to the subject of your image has a huge influence on the impact of the final picture. All too often we fall into the trap of framing an image straight ahead. “Oh that’s a cool shot” Snap Snap”.

Break out of old habits. Look around: where could you place the camera to capture a unique angle? Access to high floors? Go for it and shoot down into the interiors of hotels and other open spaces in homes and public buildings. (But you care that you aren’t violating privacy or restrictions against photography).

Look at the world not just from a bird’s eye view but an ant’s. This may sound silly but as a new campaign for beef shows, a surprising point of view can be very effective in advertising. Check it out

Create images where small looks large and something tiny appears to dominate the image. You are after uniqueness and surprise. Shooting from an unusual perspective can add mystery to your images and as a video by the creator of the TV show Lost so wonderfully illustrates, mystery adds intrigue and interest to most creative pursuits.

Patterns emerge when you approach a view from a new perspective. Once objects are reduced to grids or mathematical shapes, illusions are created that catch the viewer by surprise and capture his/her attention for a moment longer than a casual look-see. Reality becomes abstract and intriguing.

The next time you take out your camera, shoot the image you have in mind and then get down on the ground or up on a ladder or shoot from a high advantage point as well as the straight shot. You may not be happy with the result but you will have given your creative side something to think about!

Comments (8)

Posted by Cleaper on April 04, 2008
great article and nice ideas. You use some great shots here too.
Posted by Chinaphoto163 on March 23, 2008
Very useful, Thanks a lot!
Posted by Rodrigo0210 on March 07, 2008
Edited by admin: Please, post only in English language on the public forums.
Posted by Pamtriv on March 05, 2008
Great article!!!
Thank you!!
Posted by Cmarshall717 on March 05, 2008
Great article, and great images, too! I just want to know how they got that shot on top of the kid in the cart! The look on his face speaks volumes!
Posted by Linqong on March 05, 2008
Thank you, very good article, reap very much.
Posted by Kittycat on March 05, 2008
Thank you Ellen. Very helpful. Great article.
Posted by Omegatransfer on March 05, 2008
Nice! Thanks, Ellen! Usefull as always

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I have written a about microstock photography released in 2010. I was the Director of Content at Dreamstime for two years ending in Feb, 2009. You can order my book from amazon via my website at www.ellenboughn.com/blog.

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