- Lets you connect with their eyes at their level rather than them looking up at you.
- The camera sees the world as they do (way down by your ankles).
- Gives a proportionate view of your child at that age. Rather than taking a photo of you standing above them which will shrink them (this is called perspective control).
- It's what the pro child photographers do to capture those priceless looks...Get down on their level.
Don’t Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids – Part 4 – Change Your Perspective
by Cody Johnson | Nov 8, 2011 | Advice
When I say, "Change your perspective." I'm not talking about the way you look at life (that would be a much deeper How-To blog post). No I am talking about changing your perspective in relation to the angle of your camera when you are taking pics of your kids. Perspective is a key element of connecting with the subject matter in photography. Richard Avedon used to photograph most of his subjects with the camera aimed to about the models waist level. This not only made sure for a proportionate photo (upper body vs. lower body), but it also gave the viewer a unique connection with his subjects. OK...so what does that mean when you are trying to photograph your 1 or 2 year old? Try to get down to their eye level. Being on their level will do several things for your photograph.