a photo study: low angle

This week’s photo challenge has been inspired by Ted Forbes’ Using Low Angle video.  Low-angle composition invites the photographer to create images with different and unique perspectives.

We generally experience our daily lives at eye level and often feel more comfortable photographing at eye level. Low angle photography invites us to look up…to create images from any point below eye level which gives the effect of looking up at an object or person.  Also you can go to the extreme and show a worm’s eye view of the world.


A worm’s-eye view is a view of an object from below, as though the observer were a worm; the opposite of a bird’s-eye view. It can be used to look up to something to make an object look tall, strong, and mighty while the viewer feels child-like or powerless. A worm’s eye view commonly uses three-point perspective, with one vanishing point on top, one on the left, and one on the right.


To photograph low angle composition, you will need to crouch, bend, or get down onto the floor.  A personal note ― have found that when crouching I need to find a way to brace myself as without there often is a slight tremble which, sigh, results in a  blurred image. 


A low angle perspective increases the height of the subject.


It creates an image where the subject appears more powerful and  dramatic.


It lends empathy to a viewer as through a shared experience of a toddler’s world within a playground setting or standing before three-feet ocean waves.

This angle is also great when you wish to capture the mood.


I began this photo study project about 18 weeks ago with an intention to develop, expand, and share my understanding of photography throughout 2018. Regrettably, I am finding that this project is being negatively impacted by some vision difficulties which may require  eye surgery within the next couple of months. Consequently, I have decided to reblog some photo educational posts from other bloggers…sorta like using blogs as substitute teachers. I hope you will find them as inspiring and informative as I have.

To close this week’s photo study, please enjoy these two Ted Forbes’ videos on low angle photography.


  1. Very interesting post Brenda and at right time for me.
    I love taking photos with various angles, they might not turned good but I like to experiment.
    I am going on a “point of deaprture” tour later today and now you gave me a theme, photos with “low angle”. Hope will get some good shots 🙂
    And please take care of your eyes.

    1. Rupali, I do hope you have lots of fun and am looking forward to seeing your experiment…yesterday, my jeans were a bit dampened by the wet grass. 🙂

      1. I enjoyed your seeing photographs. I find that to have a point of departure seems to encourage me to be more aware of my environment…the colors, light, people, shapes.

  2. This is a nice reminder for us to look for the alternate POVs. Your low angle really brings us into the plight of the air-born scooter rider.

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