It's all a matter of
Every time you take a picture, you get to choose your
subject. That's not usually a difficult decision. Usually
when we see a scene we like, we immediately know whether or not we want
to photograph it.
But, what we don't always think about is FROM WHERE do
we want to photograph it. Often, we photograph it from exactly
where we first observed it. We bring the camera up to our eye,
view the scene and press the shutter.
I'll venture to guess
that the vast majority of pictures most people take are taken
horizontal, rather than vertical - it's a natural inclination as we
seem to "see" horizontally. I'll also guess that most pictures are taken
from eye-level -- depending upon how tall you are, that's about an
average of about 5 foot "something".
The question of "FROM WHERE" do we want to take a
picture takes on several aspects.
The following three pictures were all taken from exactly
the same vantage point. The bottom one was taken horizontally and
the top two were taken vertically. As you can see, the effects are
very different. Which one do you like best?? I happen to
like the top-left image, but when viewing this thru the viewfinder,
unless I made a conscious effort to analyze the scene and to try viewing
it from different perspectives, I would never know which I liked better.
This picture was taken from eye-level.
This picture was taken from a very low level
Experiment with different perspectives - they can make a world of
difference in the pictures you take.