Change Your Point of View

Hi everyone, Rob here. You’ve heard the saying before. “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” Well, if that’s true, then maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit. 

I love to photograph in our local arboretum. The gardens are beautiful and they change with the seasons - always providing some new subjects. As I stroll the gardens I also like to people watch and it’s amazing to me that a huge percentage of the images captured are from 4 1/2 to 5 feet in the air. 

Think about it. Your subjects are just inches off the ground. It’s time to change your point of view. Get down to your subjects level and the gardens will reward you with a whole new world to photograph. 

As you change your point of view, your new views bring about a change in your photography. You begin to see a whole new world. And, you also learn to anticipate or pre-visualize shots. As a great example of this, take this majestic formation in Arches National Park. Between the clouds, the rock formation and the expansive body of water, what could get any better? Yet most people exploring the park that day missed this great shot.

Why? Well, to most folks, that expansive body of water was just a puddle at the end of a parking lot that was left over from an early morning rain storm. 

Learning to “see” shots like this take time and experience. But work hard enough at it and one day your signature will be called an autograph.