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Tip – Vantage Point

Vantage Point

By Peter Thoeny, one of our Digital Photo Academy instructors in San Francisco.

Ask, what is a better fit, high vantage point, eye level, or low?

Ask, what would it look like straight up, down, or another weird angle?

Example : Low vantage point that makes the Landwasser Viaduct in the Swiss Alps look massive
Example: High vantage point with long lens, looks like aerial photography, but is from Mt. Tamalpais
Example: Hunker down to get a low vantage point, so that you can emphasize the feeling of pride and heritage, at Stanford Powwow
Example: The camera is touching the water puddle, so that you get a bigger and flat surface for reflection, at Calaveras Big Trees Visitor Center, California
Example: Low vantage point with reflection, makes it unusual; at de Young Museum, San Francisco
Example: Low vantage point, lines lead to the person, and the danger of the approaching car in the back; at Valley of Fire, Nevada
Example: Get low, at the eye level of the small dog, as he sees the world; at train in Fort Bragg, California
Example: Get inside of a small tree, at Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, California
Example: Look straight up to see how massive that oak tree is
Example: Get close to see the details of a dandelion, at Mills Canyon Park in Burlingame, California
Example: Position the height of the camera so that the white coat aligns with the horizon line, at Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland
Example: Look straight down, at Monument to the Great Fire of London. One-point perspective, alternatively use rule of thirds where center is in upper right third to show more of the”snail” shape

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