Taking it lying down

Far too many photographs are made with nothing more in mind than the photographer’s comfort in mind (if indeed even that much thought is applied to the process).

I quite often see photographers, mostly the iPhone variety (and this assumes you consider most iPhone users to be photographers and frankly most of them are not, they just take pictures – Discuss) lift the camera above their head to see over a hedge or a crowd but how often do you see a photographer kneel down or lie down. I could count the occasions I have seen that on the fingers of one foot!

Portraits of people are mostly taken with the camera at eye level with the subject and for very good reasons, so if you are photographing someone in a wheelchair would you kneel down? Most would not. Taking a portrait of someone’s pet Dachshund? Get on eye level with it, lie down. Think about it and you know it makes sense. Get down and dirty; you will take better pictures.

A drift of bluebells. Photographed with the tripod set very low.
A drift of bluebells. Photographed with the tripod set very low.

Tea and scones inside an "Olde-Worlde" tea shop. Camera placed on the table top.
Tea and scones inside an “Olde-Worlde” tea shop. Camera placed on the table top.
Vapour trails over an open meadow. Shot hand held while lying down.
Vapour trails over an open meadow. Shot hand held while lying down.
Old John folly on the highest hill in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire. Shot from kneeling height.
Old John folly on the highest hill in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire. Shot from kneeling height.
Last light brings a rosy glow to the clouds over the river mouth at Budleigh Salterton. Tripod set down low.
Last light brings a rosy glow to the clouds over the river mouth at Budleigh Salterton. Tripod set down low.
Splashing Cygnet, photographed with a telephoto while lying on the top of a dam wall. I got wet and dirty!
Splashing Cygnet, photographed with a telephoto while lying on the top of a dam wall. I got wet and dirty!
Male swan and cygnets on a canal. Camera held down to water level.
Male swan and cygnets on a canal. Camera held down to water level.
Summer flowers in a meadow in the National forest. Shot hand held while lying down.
Summer flowers in a meadow in the National forest. Shot hand held while lying down.

 

 

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