7 tips for using low angles in your photography

To create a different view of your photos, take low angle shots. This gives the viewer a perspective that is not always seen by others. Here are 7 tips for using low angles in your photography.
While out and about, you are most likely looking up or around you, not down. Low angle photography gives you views near the ground, making ordinary objects and scenes extraordinary. Check out these tips to better use low angles in your photography.
1. Lenses
Wide and fish eye lenses work well with low angle photography. If you are using a wide lens, 10-22mm should work fine. Work with what you have and experiment, then go from there to figure out the best lens to use with low angled shots.
2. Viewfinder
Since the shots you will be taking are so low, you won't be able to use your viewfinder to review the shots. You will need to depend on trial and error to get good low angle shots, unless you have a view screen that flips out. Knowing how to shoot without depending on your viewfinder just comes with practice and time.
3. Level
Make sure your camera is level to the ground before taking your pictures. This will take some practice since you won't be able to see this until after the picture is taken. You can always correct the leveling with software later, but its best to learn how to level before the shot is taken.
4. Aperture
The subjects you use will be at differing distances from your camera. For this you will need to know the best opening for you aperture, based on how your camera and lens best work together. Again, practicing different f-stops and taking multiple shots will help you understand and know how wide or narrow to make your aperture for these shots.
5. Frame it
Plan out your scene before taking the shot. Use natural objects on the ground or bring some to add to the scene. These objects will appear larger from below, so experiment with framing different objects in your shot.
6. Skies
If you want to include a nice clear sky in your shot, you will need to play around with the dark and light aspects of your camera. Underexpose your picture if you want the focus to be the sky. If you want the focal point of your shot to be the foreground, overexpose and deal with the bright sky. Practice how exposed you want each part of your shot to be until you get the picture you want.
7. View and practice
Take a bunch of pictures since you won't be able to view the shot until after. Review some of your more favorite shots, then keep taking pictures of your favorites until they come out the way you want. You will need to change around the exposure and way everything is set up until you get the hang of using low angles in your photography.

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