Changing Your Viewpoint

Many photographers arrive at a viewpoint, erect their tripods and start taking pictures at eye level – they all end up with very similar pictures. David Hay explains how to make your photographs look more interesting

I have noticed that when you take a group of photographers to a viewpoint, they all tend to erect their tripods to eye-level, stand in an orderly row and then take nearly the same photograph. What is it about the view from five and half feet above the ground that is so interesting? ...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.


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    Try six and a half feet off the ground. Or try getting up again after you got down in the first place. But I did get your point.

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    It’s not that it’s any more interesting than any other angle. It’s that my body is less painful after 45 minutes of standing up than contorting or squatting or laying down or whatever would be required to get a “more interesting” shot.

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