AOP part 15: Changing Angles

surface horizontal camera walls visible Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photographyStill shooting at 24mm this is what happens when you switch to a top down view.

This emphases Maja's head and face and reduces the boots significantly in the frame.

You can also see just how much of the background is in the shot. There is probably 30 to 40 feet of floor visible here, a huge amount!

This did take a little bit of shuffling of camera position in order to effectively make the floor a near complete "backdrop" rather than have it mixed with walls.

As a general tip, you really want to shoot parallel and at the same height as any horizontal surfaces, whether it is the floor, table or other flat surface.

As you introduce an angle between the camera and the surface you will find the horizontal plane very rapidly fills more and more of the overall frame - usually to the image's detriment.

 
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Maja stina model, surface horizontal camera walls visible Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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