6 Ways to Change Your Perspective for More Interesting Photographs: Part 2

Thank you to Kelly Moore Clark of Kelly Moore Photography for this amazing guest post on Changing Your Perspective. If you have questions for Kelly, please post them in the comment section on my blog (not Facebook) so she will see them and can answer them.

Perspective: Part 2

Here are 3 more tips to help you change your perspective and improve your photographs continued from Part 1 which can be found here.

4.  Don’t get stuck in one location:
I usually will drive to at least 3 different locations during a shoot, and within those locations, I move around constantly.   Remember to always pay attention to your surroundings.  Pay attention to everything….is there an object that you could shoot through to add foreground to your image?  I’m always looking for nooks and cranies to put my subjects in ☺  This is just another way to add variety to your sessions.

5.   Framing an image:
How do you put your subject in the frame?  We all have our own way that we frame our subjects, and this is what makes each of us unique.  I’m certainly not going to sit here and tell you exactly how to do this because it is so much a matter of opinion.  I will however tell you to frame your subjects with purpose.  Don’t focus, and then click your shutter without consciously deciding where your subject should go.  Check out the following images, and notice how I placed the subject within my frame.

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6. Last but not least…quit always doing the “tilty tilt” (sorry, had to say it)
Yes,  I had to say it!  Don’t worry, I used to do it too!  Cocking your image at an angle does not make it a cool interesting image.  Of course, there are times when tilting your camera for a shot adds a little extra action, just please make sure that this isn’t something you’re doing over and over.  If you look at a page of your image thumbnails and it looks like the leaning tower of Pisa, you might need to go into tilt rehab.

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  1. 4

    says

    The tilty tilt. Gah. Guilty as charged. My mom always asks if I was drunk when I took ‘em. : )
    I think it’s part of the “learning curve” – it provides some interesting looks when you’re first starting to get out from under the standard “snapshot” look, and then you find it’s so abundant in your stuff you get sick of it and finally learn new ways of being creative. Having blogs like this certainly help speed along that process. So thanks!

  2. 5

    says

    Yeah, I figured it would probably step on a few toes ;) Keep in mind, tilt is not always bad! You just don’t want that to be what defines you. I was a tilter too! I think most of us go through that.

  3. 6

    says

    “Tilt with a purpose.” That’s what I’ve learned. It CAN be effective in small doses, just like funky processing, in my opinion! This is a great post – thanks for sharing!

  4. 7

    says

    Ah, see, the tilty-tilt is not a weakness of mine, but man, it’s darn near impossible to retrain myself away from framing everything dead centre in the image!! (Thanks for these tips — your photography is wonderful.)

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    Gale says

    Oh, yeah… and the feet picture – don’t forget to put that on the “old and overdone” list. :) The jumping in the air picture is hopping its way to that list, as well.

    Loved this series – thank you so much. Your photos are absolutely magical, Kelly! And very unique.

  6. 9

    says

    great tips. :)

    I do think that each little thing has a purpose and phase. I think a lot of times, the tilt thing is a big first step in getting away from the centered snapshot. As many of us have said, we all go through it, so I think it MUST serve a purpose. :) It is fun to see my photography grow. I was actually taking some shots the other day, and thought…man I haven’t done a tilt shot in ages…I better do one. LOL A little of this….and a little of that. It’s all good.

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