By |2018-07-11T12:53:01+00:00December 10th, 2009|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: |3 Comments

One of my rules when I’m taking photos is that I do my best to move around a LOT while I’m photographing a subject. What I mean by this is that I’m standing, kneeling, and even stepping on nearby stairs (or chairs) to find different views and angles for my images. There’s nothing wrong with standing upright and taking photos (or putting the camera on a tripod at eye-level) but I do my best to approach my subjects from as many different perspectives as is possible during a shoot.

The photo above is a perfect example of the difference between photographing from a standing position (top image) and photographing from a kneeling position (bottom image). Just a few feet of movement can really make a big change in what your image looks like.

So … the next time you take a photo try and remember to kneel, sit down, lay on your belly, or even get up above the subject – do whatever it takes to get the same shot from a different angle. Do it often and it will eventually become second nature.

If you have a photo that you took with a unique perspective and would like to share it, please feel free to link to it in the comments below!

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Shanek54 December 10, 2009 at 10:39 am - Reply

    agree – I am an old fat man, and I try to stand on chairs and kneel down as much as possible – its amazing what a different pov does for the shot .

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  3. bee December 11, 2009 at 4:37 am - Reply

    What a difference kneeling makes! I sometimes forget do it, but I’ll work on it. Promise

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