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Category: General Photography

Get down low - Get your knees dirty for the sake of photography.

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We're are all used to putting the camera to our eye and taking a photograph stood up, straight on at a scene but by changing our view points we can get a completely new look at the world we live in.

One of the easiest ways to give your images a different perspective is by putting the camera low to or even on the ground. You'll get an ant's eye view that can give surprisingly good photographic results.

Get down low when taking photos

Gear
You can use any camera for this however, if you have a DSLR pop a wide angle lens on it to give your shot plenty of foreground interest. If you have a camera with a pivoting screen even better as you'll be able to frame your shot without having to lay on the ground. A support isn't necessary but if you want a little extra stability take a bean bag along or use a tripod which has a centre column that can be switched to a horizontal position so you can get closer to the ground. If you're planning on kneeling or laying down take something water proof such as a ground sheet or bin liner if it's a particularly damp day.


Technique
If you want to frame your shot be prepared to get a little bit dirty and expect a few strange looks from passers by. The other way to do this is to put your camera down, half press the shutter to focus then take your shot without looking. This can be a little hit and miss but it does mean your knees won't be creaking.

Use a small aperture to maximise depth of field and if you're including the sky in your shot keep an eye on your exposure as a bright sky can fool your camera into underexposing the shot.

When it comes to subjects almost anything goes. Paths in woods look great leading off into the distance, while flowers and palm trees look great against a clear sky. Getting down low when your kids or pets are around will also work, giving you a shot where the viewer can focus more on the subject's expression.

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