Photo Angles You Might Not Have Thought Of

Photography is a true love of mine. I adore scrapbooking, but if in the end I had to choose between a camera and a computer, I would choose a camera—no hesitation.

My photography journey has been a long one. Every few years, as time in life allows, I become more intentional in my learning and growth as a photographer. In 2006, I bought my first DSLR. In 2008, I learned to shoot in manual. In 2012, I switched entirely to Lightroom for my editing. And in 2014, I started to stretch myself, trying new subjects, new perspectives, new lenses, and new techniques.

When I talk to people about improving their photography, one of my first pieces of advice is to simply take lots of pictures. The act of taking pictures every day, in many different ways, will always improve your photography. Whether it is because you got just the right look on your child’s face or if you try something and fail, practice makes perfect progress.

One of the best ways to practice your photography is to try different angles. In essence, photography is simply storytelling. And like any good story, hearing/seeing multiple perspectives always enriches the experience of the hearer/listener. An angle of a photo can make all the difference!

Way back in 2009, I wrote a post asking, “What’s Your Angle?” In the post I shared examples of how the angle you capture a subject in powerfully impacts the image. It’s hard to believe the angle of a photo can take you

from this:

to this:

But it’s true.

Here are some of my favorite angles to shoot from. Each of them serves a purpose and evoke different feelings and emotions. Perhaps some of these are ones you haven’t thought of (or hadn’t tried in a long time).

If you want to take your photography to the next level, you have to get out and practice. For a great experience, choose one thing (or person) to photograph, and try each of the angles mentioned. You’ll be amazed at the variety of shots and how much perspective changes the story.

And let me know how it goes!