Looking Down Photography Tips

by Earl J Posted on February 25, 2013

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It’s so easy to take good pictures with our digital cameras that, if not watchful, we will settle for good, rather than great, photography. In this post I’d like to share some of my photos with you and show you how Looking Down can improve your pictures.

The first two photos captured what I saw when looking down into Providence Canyon, in southwest Georgia. Although I live less than 200 miles from the canyon, no one around here has ever heard of it, let alone visited the place. It’s got to be one of the best-kept secrets in the state. I shot one scene as a vertical and the other as a horizontal. That’s a tip I’d like to emphasize: When in doubt take both vertical and horizontal shots.

Next photos show what you can capture when shooting Down. These could not be captured in such a dramatic way if shot Straight On. First is of kayaking in Gyor, Hungary and the second is of an island at Cabo da Roca, Portugal, that has the distinction of being the westernmost land in Europe. If you look on the upper right rocks you will see the three very small people that add perspective to the scene.

Next shot is of my wife looking out of a log building in Ft. Gaines GA. Then I posed her on stairs inside the building – I like this result from looking down a lot more and find it a more interesting view.

In my next examples I’m looking down into a food court (before meal time) in a shopping center in Porto, Portugal. I know that most photos we of take of food show people eating, but how about looking down on this salad before eating it.

Have you wanted to take a photo from your hotel room? I spent a lot of time looking down at all these buses and trams in Antwerp, Belgium. And if I touched the glass and looked to the right I could see Antwerp’s amazingly beautiful train station – sorry I haven’t a picture of it.

While in Cascais, Portugal it really felt strange to walk on this patterned street. I’ve tried to show you how it felt in this looking-down view.

My last photo shows a worker in the miniature village of Madurodam in The Hague, Netherlands. She shows us how small the buildings and people in the village are.

With today’s digital cameras it is easy to take good photos, but I suggest you strive for good, interesting photos. I hope my examples are helpful.

For more Looking photography tips see Looking Thru Photography Tips and Looking Up Photography Tips by Earl J.

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I'm a long-time film photographer, starting with a darkroom in my parents' fruit-cellar when a teen-ager. I fought the change to digital at first, but no longer. I've become a convert and Shutterfly has been my on-line provider since 2002. Since then I've placed (as I write this) 135 orders for prints, enlargements, calendars for every year and 42 photo books in different sizes. I'm very pleased with the top quality of all Shutterfly products.

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