Photographing Kids Tip 5: Perspective

Perspective is one of my favourite tricks when it comes to photography. By changing the angle of the camera, you can bring interest,  depth and meaning to a photograph.  Below are four examples how you can use perspective to enhance photographs of your kids.

Example 1: Look Down

Instead of taking this photograph at eye level, I stood slightly above the girl and the focus is on her eyes.

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Example 2: Aerial

The best way to take this sort of photograph is be on a ladder or, like me in this case, on a bridge looking down at the girl on the grass.  One tip with aerial photos, keep feet visible so there is a perspective marker for the viewer.

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Example 3: Look Up

This is one of my favourite pictures of my children. It was taken from the ground looking up at the children on a playground climbing frame. Aren’t they adorable?

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Example 4: Tell a story

I title this photograph “safe”.  My son was frightened at the sound of a boat.  He came to stand close by my side and I held him.  My husband took this photograph and you can see my son’s clenched fist and the “I’m with Mum” expression.  Through perspective, this photograph tells the story of my son and the privillage I had to comfort him.

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Which picture is your favourite?

Be A Fun Mum Links

Photographing Kids Tip 1: Capturing a Child’s Essence

Photographing Kids Tip 2: Rule of Thirds 

Photographing Kids Tip 3: The Background

Photographing Kids Tip 4: Setting Up a Shoot

Photographing Kids Tip 5: Perspective

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    I love the one with Mum. It not only demonstrates what you’re saying about perspective, but it is also so evocative of the bond between you two. Beautiful!

    (I am fairly sure having such photogenic kids contributes greatly to your skill with a camera, Kel!)

    • says

      lol… yes, well, this is probably true. HA! They are pretty cute.

      I always keep coming back to that photo for some reason. There is something about it that captures me. I love it! I love him!

  2. says

    I love the one with Mum. It does tell a story, and there’s something very tender about it. They are all really great pictures though! Thanks for the tips on perspective!

  3. says

    That’s a great series you have going there – bravo! :)
    Even cheaper cameras today can give great results but, along with the many snapshops digital photography makes possible, if sometimes we put a bit of effort in a shot. I’d love to take part in whatever competition you do in the end :)
    ( i read that in another entry) – as long as it doesn’t have to be a complete faceshot.

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