Go to any class or field trip with a lot of nature photographers and notice what happens. Everybody sets up their tripods so they can look at the scene from eye-level. Every single tripod is essentially at the same height.
As soon as you simply consider setting up your camera position higher or lower than everyone else, you are forcing yourself to see the world differently. Sometimes a subject looks best shot from above, at its "eye-level" or even from below.
As soon as you start thinking about getting the camera at a different height, you will also start thinking more about positioning from left to right as well. You immediately start seeing the subject in new ways and start considering what a different composition can really mean.
I was pretty low to the ground shooting the barrel cactus seen here from the Mojave National Preserve in California.
Notes from the Editor:
- Outdoor Photographer editor at large Rob Sheppard teaches a number of online photography courses at BetterPhoto, including Composition Boot Camp and Creating Storytelling Photos.
- Rob also is a contributor to The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light, a new book co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager.