The point of view technique deals with the angle between the camera lens and the subject. Do you photograph from above? Below? The side? Straight on?
Many photographers advise to shoot from slightly above the dish to simulate the view from the diner’s eye. This usually produces a pleasing picture, but some of the most interesting shots are taken at eye level or from a bird’s-eye view.
Picture a double-decker cheeseburger. If photographed from the top or slightly above, we couldn’t see the juicy patties, melted cheddar, or bright ketchup dripping off the top bun. Try a side-on shot instead!
Now imagine a bowl of creamy tomato soup. If we shot from the side, we’d only see a few croutons poking over the rim. But if viewed from above, the crunchy bread cubes, deep red soup, and sprinkling of oregano would all be visible.
Play around with angles! As depicted by my photographs, there is no “one way” to shoot your subject. Who knows, maybe you’ll surprise yourself with the viewpoint of your favorite photo!
Now it’s your turn to practice point of view! Feel free to post any questions, comments, or tips in the comments section below!