Photo Tips - To Get Creative With Your Photography, Shoot Your Photos From A New Vantage Point!
Photos seem to all be shot from the same locations and vantage points. Avoid this trap and your photography will immediately improve.
Generally speaking, almost all photos are taken from a standing position with the camera at eye level. I suppose this is the best position for some photos - but I can't think of any right now.
For most landscapes, there doesn't seem to be much - or even ANY - attempt at originality… they all seem to share the same three tripod leg holes in the ground.
If you aren't going to try for any individuality, it would be easier, faster and less costly to just go into the gift shop and buy a postcard of that scene.
Today's photo tip is to pick a different vantage point! This can quickly separate you from the crowd and as a simple way to get more creative, it can't be beat!
If you are shooting a person, try going up high! Try shooting down on them from a balcony or a ladder. People aren't used to seeing photography from that vantage point and it will immediately attract attention!
Alternatively, try a low vantage point...kneel or lay down on the ground and shoot up at them. Actually, when you shoot at an upward angle, it is a great way to make a subject appear more important!
Look at all the photos you see of business executives, they are almost always shot with a slightly upward angle.
If you are shooting a landscape, find a new vantage point. Like I mentioned earlier, if you aren't going to be creative, just buy a postcard. The world doesn't really need another shot of the same scene from the same exact angle!
I think this is the number one reason why more budding landscape photographers can't sell their work… they are shooting exactly the same photos! And no matter how great our friends and family thing the photos are, after the first fifty, or hundred or thousand times a photo buyer sees exactly the same photo - he or she are sick of them!
AND the fact that you submitted it could ruin your reputation with them forever!
All these things seem pretty obvious and simple - but how many of us shoot the same old pictures, from the same spots, from the same vantage point, day in and day out!
Get creative! Try something new! Keep today's photo tip in mind. Give shooting from a new vantage point, a new angle, a new location a try... you'll like it! For more information, check out the resources box!
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Dan Eitreim has been a professional photographer in Southern California for over 20 years - his data base exceeds 6000 past clients, and he says that learning photography is easy, if you know a few tried and true strategies.