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Shooting Portraits From Different Angles

Why not have a go at photographing portraits from quirky angles?

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Words by Emma Kay

Taking photos of people doesn't mean you have to shoot 'normal' portraits! Get creative - get angled!

There are loads of fun and quirky angles that you can take snaps of people at that can look fun and different while still being impressive.

To create the effect of looking down on someone, all you need to do is find somewhere with a balcony or landing that looks down on to another floor. Position yourself so that your are directly above the person on the floor below, and get them to look up at you/ strike a pose. For a more unusual look, work from a higher angle with a wide lens so your subject's head looks larger than the rest of their body as the below shot demonstrates.

small feet

Portrait - wide angle lensAlternatively, to make someone look taller/ higher up, get the friend to stand on the balcony and you shoot from below it. This can look very atmospheric, especially with a painted ceiling or chandelier above.  The other option for making people look taller is to lay down in front of them and snap upwards. This works particularly well when shooting with a wide-angle lens as it exaggerates their height, making them appear taller than they actually are (see example on the right).

Why not use your wider lens and a little bit of blur to create a shot that focuses on arms and hands rather than the face?

Blur portrait

Just experiment with different angles - you're sure to come across one that really works for what you want to achieve.


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