The camera position from where you choose to photograph your subject can mean the difference between an ordinary, run of the mill image or an eye grabbing one with impact and intrigue. Moving to a different location is often necessary to create a better composition. But many photographers think that what constitutes changing their camera position is moving closer or farther away from their subject. While this can lead to potential improvement, it still doesn’t lend itself to giving the image a unique feel. To add drama to your photos, try shooting them from extreme vantage points. Look down from high camera positions or get on your belly and look up. The more unique the angle, the greater the possibility of creating a novel image.
Depending on the subject or lighting conditions, the elevation from which you choose to photograph your subject will need to be adjusted accordingly. For example, if you’re creating a portrait of a person, shooting from a low angle will create an awkward result as you’ll be looking up nostrils. But if you’re making full figure pictures of people, as in the accompanying image, more drastic changes in elevation can work successfully. The shot of the person with the umbrella was made on a snowy day from the roof of a three story garden apartment. The image of the turtle was made with the camera placed squarely on the ground at the same level as the turtle.