Reading: Viewpoint in Portraiture

It makes a lot of sense: the vertical angle at which you take portrait photographs conveys subconscious messages about the relationship between the viewer/photographer and the the subject/model.

  • Straight on: an equal relationship between the viewer and the subject
  • Slightly above: can make pleasing shots, as the eyes appear larger.  The sitter can appear passive or (with extreme use) submissive.
  • Slightly below: subject appears dominant, important, or confident.  Needs to be used with care, though – it can also make the subject look scary!

[Photoanswers]

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~ by Q on May 20, 2009.

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