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Change your point of view

Frame your subject

Get ready for a close-up

Give your landscape a subject

Keep the horizon off-center

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Change your point of view

Most of us shoot from very similar viewpoints, whether we’re taking pictures of a family reunion, a vacation, or a child’s sporting event. Professional photographers choose to look at things from a different perspective—and so should you.

When you find an interesting subject, shoot it from a comfortable vantage point, and then take a few steps forward. Now try shooting close-up. Take a few more steps past the object, turn around, and shoot it from the other side. Get down low and aim the lens upwards, or stand on a chair and point the lens down. These different viewpoints turn a run-of-the-mill photo into something special, and they give the image a unique touch that’s all yours.