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Shoot at eye level

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January 23rd, 2014
twins in stroller

Taking photos of grandchildren has got to be one of the joys of life.  

But far too often our pictures are a bird’s-eye-view—we’re looking down at them and they’re looking up at us. This doesn’t make for the best photo. Generally, the most pleasing photos are taken at the subject’s eye level. This not only applies to children but persons of any age.  

Shooting at eye level seems to initiate a more personal connection between the viewer of your photo and the subject. Even if your subjects are not looking directly into the lens, the viewer feels more a part of their world.

If a child is sitting, you should sit too. Even if they’re standing, you can sit on a chair to put yourself at their eye level. Bracing your elbows on your knees or on a table offers a firm foundation. It will help you capture a steady picture. If you have stairs, set a child on a step and go down one or two to get an eye-level shot.   

What about babies?

But how in the world do you take pictures of a baby on the floor? If you’re not able to get on your knees or tummy, bend down as best as you can and put the lens at their eye level. Your camera may have a tilting viewing screen, which should make it easier to frame your subject. If this is not an option, simply lean down and hold your camera at the child’s eye level.  Take the photo and then check it on the LCD screen. It will show you how to improve the shot.  Is your subject half-in, half-out of the frame? Keep experimenting until you capture an image that pleases you.

Think “eye level” whenever you photograph children, adults, or a pet and create a personal connection in your photo that everyone will enjoy.