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Angle

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Now that we've talked about perspective it's time to move on to angle. Now perspective and angle can seem quite similar, and they are, but there are some subtle differences that are quite important. We're going to start by photographing this pink rose right here. I'm going to start with a plain old straight on photo, and as you'll see very quickly it's not going to be very good. I will then change my perspective to make the photo better. And then I'm going to change the angle to improve it even more. So let's start with the basic straight-on shot. (audio playing) So as you can see here, we have a lot of clutter in the background. The flower is nicely separated but we see some buildings in the background, and the chair that's in there, we're not really sure if that's part of the photo or not.

Angle

Now that we've talked about perspective it's time to move on to angle. Now perspective and angle can seem quite similar, and they are, but there are some subtle differences that are quite important. We're going to start by photographing this pink rose right here. I'm going to start with a plain old straight on photo, and as you'll see very quickly it's not going to be very good. I will then change my perspective to make the photo better. And then I'm going to change the angle to improve it even more. So let's start with the basic straight-on shot. (audio playing) So as you can see here, we have a lot of clutter in the background. The flower is nicely separated but we see some buildings in the background, and the chair that's in there, we're not really sure if that's part of the photo or not.

So we really want to get a better perspective to start with. So let's change that to begin with. (audio playing) Okay that's a lot better, but I still want to make this even more interesting by changing the angle. Now, perspective is really about where the camera is, high or low, are you shooting through a frame or not. Whereas angle is more about the camera. How are you pointing it down at the subject, or up at the subject. What is your angle of attack, what is your angle of view, on the object? So here I'm going to get a little bit closer, I'm going to point down a little bit at this rose. And make sure that the background is really quite interesting in there. (audio playing) And in fact, if you look now, you'll see that that white chair in the background is part of the scene.

It's nicely out of focus, kind of off to the side. But if I change the angle just a tiny bit more, we can make that a little bit more part of the photo and put the rose against that. And let's see how that looks. (audio playing) So once again, with a subtle change of the angle, we have changed the photo dramatically. Now one may or may not be better than the other, but by experimenting with your angle and your perspective together, you can make some much more interesting photographs. So now let's have a look at an even more extreme version of changing the angle.

This little flower here, tiny little flower, I'm going to photograph it from above and from below, and change the angle dramatically, and let's see what we get by doing that. So for this little rose here we're going to get a nice photograph to start with at a decent perspective by just getting down straight on at it, but get down its angle. Right, it's down here nice and low so we're going to get down to its level and I'm going to photograph it straight on. We'll start with that and see where we can go from there. (audio playing) Now, as you can see, that's a perfectly nice photograph of this little rose.

But we can do better than that. Let's start by changing the angle dramatically by going straight above it. So what I'll do is get up on top of it here, and shoot straight down. (audio playing) And as you can see now, this is a much more interesting photograph. This is not how people normally look at a flower. So, already we've made it a lot more interesting. Now let's go the other way and get down below it and look up.

(audio playing) So, looking at it from this angle, it's pretty good. But there's one more thing that we can change about it. We talked about the camera changing angle by tilting it down or tilting it up. But we can also literally rotate the camera and put the camera at a whole different angle itself. This can add some really interesting dynamism, or tension, into the photograph. So let's photograph this same flower again, but by simply angling the camera a little bit, like this. (audio playing) Now if we compare the two side by side, you can see that there is a lot more tension and action going on in this photo.

So simply rotating your camera a little bit like that can make quite a big difference. So we've talked about perspective and about angle. The next thing that we're going to focus on is detail. Detail can mean looking for a subtle detail on the object that you're photographing and getting up close to it. Or, even stepping back and looking for a broader view of that detail. So lets have a look at that.

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