Time to change your perspective.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Aaron Puttcamp

Want an easy photography game changer? It’s perspective. In our free Tiny Photo Course for Parents, we learn that changing your perspective by getting on your subject’s eye level, rather than shooting down at them, can make a big difference.

Today, we want to challenge you to go beyond that. REALLY change your perspective. It’ll add some new depth to your images, it can be so much fun, and if you’re in a photography rut it can be just the thing to jumpstart your love of taking pictures.

We’ll share some suggestions for jazzing up your perspective, but the sky’s the limit here!

1. Get low

A team shot can easily be achieved by lining the team members up. Look at how much more powerful the photo above is because it was shot from the ground up. It has a ton of visual interest, the solid background of the sky helps keep focus on the subjects, and it includes their bikes without distracting from the subjects.

In the image below, shooting from a low perspective allows for the bike to be included in this shot, along with the trail, all while keeping focus on the rider’s face. The perspective adds visual interest and story here without distracting from the subject.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Aaron Puttcamp

2. Shoot from above

Get a bird’s eye view of your subject! Combining filling the frame and taking a bird’s eye view make this capture so much more powerful. It allows the viewer to feel “right there”. It evokes emotion in a way that shooting from further away or at an angle just wouldn’t.

Was this adorable doggo (whose name is Pete) just playing fetch and now is flopped back lolling in the cool grass? Maybe he’s just enjoyed a good belly rub. The point is – it drew me in and made me think and that’s a sign of a strong and powerful image.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Kelli Dorschel

You do need to be careful with this one, especially if you’re attempting a more pulled back view and are standing on a chair with your camera above your subject(s).

For this shot of my kiddos enjoying our Christmas morning tradition of milk and cookies for breakfast, I made sure my feet were firmly on the chair and my camera strap was around my neck in case I lost my grip. What I gained by using this perspective is the “real feel” of this part of Christmas morning as everyone dives in. It shows all of our favorite Christmas cookie varieties and I hope it will evoke all the emotions of Christmas morning when my kids look back on it in years to come.

Image by SPS Staffer Sarah Gannaway

3. Go faceless

Don’t forget that sometimes the beauty is in the details. Details are often what tells the real story. Creating an image without a face can sometimes be the key to telling that story.

Using a low perspective and going faceless, this grad photo focuses on the grad’s cap and honor cords. Sure, this mom probably took a more traditional portrait of her kiddo, too. This shot documents the details in a way that is both fun and allows her traditional portrait to come in tight on her Grad’s face and fill the frame.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Kayla Fortner

Does your little one have a favorite pair of boots or a beloved stuffed animal? A faceless portrait is a great way to immortalize those little things that make such a big (and sometimes fleeting) part of little lives.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Ashley Nolte

4.(Bonus) If you happen to have a GoPro…

We try to share tips that anyone can use, and we know that not everyone has a GoPro, but this one’s so fun that we had to include it anyway. If you have a GoPro, get it in the water! Underwater shots are so much fun, they’re out of the ordinary, and they definitely change things up.

Image courtesy of SPS Staffer Sarah Bednar

Image courtesy of SPS Member Sarah Browning

We hope this post challenges you to change your perspective. Have fun with it!

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