The shooting angle means, in simple terms, where you stood in order to take the photograph.
For most people, most of the time, they were standing up, looking face-on to their subject when they pressed the shutter button.
And why not? That's how we saw the scene, and that's how we want to remember the scene. Nothing wrong with that at all.
In this digital photography tutorial I'll show you a few alternatives. And give you a gentle workout too!
The first thing to consider in this digital photography tutorial is how you look at the world. Start by looking at your computer monitor. Straight on. As you normally do.
Now stand up (seriously!). Even better, stand on your chair if it's sturdy enough (but not if, like mine, it's a rickety old thing that doubles as a set of decorating steps!).
Now look directly down onto your desk. Looks different, doesn't it. That coffee cup, the pens in the pot, the paper lying around (which I will sort out one day!). You've taken the first step in this digital photography tutorial – you've looked at the world from a different angle!
Now you've tried that, get down from your chair, and crouch down. Get down so that the top of your desk is at eye level. Now look at your monitor. Different perspective again. The keyboard seems huge in the foreground.
You've completed the second step in this digital photography tutorial – viewing the same scene from two different angles.
Ok, you can sit back down again now!
The next part of this digital photography tutorial is to put this into practice. There's no hard and fast rules on this. Once you have accepted that photographing a scene from a different angle is possible, just let your creativity flow.
This is so easy to do with digital photography because you don't waste any film, and you can check your shot straight away. If it really doesn't look good on your camera screen, try again from a slightly different angle.
To get you started, there's a few ideas below:
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The final tip is simply to practice. Try the angles in the examples I have shown above, but also try your own.
Remember that this is digital photography, so you can keep trying out new angles without wasting any film.
Your homework assignment for this digital photography tutorial then – take some pictures today, but don't take a single one from your normal shooting angle. Every photo must be from a perspective that you wouldn't normally use.