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Shooting From Heights - See why climbing a few steps or getting on a lift to the top of a building's a good idea.
One of the easiest ways to change the look/feel of a shot is to change your point of view so you're shooting from high up.
- Telephoto lens - Pull distant scenes/objects to you
- Wide lens – For those sweeping shots of towns and cities
Why get high up?Shooting down on to a popular subject will instantly give you a different take on an overly photographed scene. You may also spot something else to photograph while you're up there as well as use the streets and roads that are surrounding your subject to add an extra dimension of interest to your shot. Shadows will add texture to you shots while looking for a building that can act as a main point of focus in your shot will help give it dimension, making it easy for the viewer to distinguish between foreground and background detail. If you have a longer lens, try zooming in to one particular building, picking out detail you may not necessarily see from the ground.
Try to avoid windowsShooting through glass isn't ideal so instead of shooting from tall, modern buildings in towns and cities where there's windows in your way, look for places that have balconies and observation decks to shoot from. If you're in a city that has a giant wheel in the middle of it, take a ride as they move slow enough for you to capture quite a few bird's eye views of the city. Bridges and steps will also be able to give you the added elevation you need to capture a few shots from higher up. Further out of a town, try climbing a nearby hill so you can shoot down on the buildings and lights at night.
Don't like heights?You don't have to climb a building to give you a different point of view. Simply standing on a ladder, extending the height of your tripod or even using a kite or pole to fasten your camera to will give you a few more meters of height.
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