Shooting at eye level
It's certainly a habit of mine, and is probably a trap that many photographers from around the world fall into.
Getting down at eye level might make you look prey size and significantly raise the interest of a predator you might be photographing.
Eye level findersEdit
Other optical viewfinders of old cameras are placed upon the camera top as small rectangular "telescope". Since the 1950s these viewfinders were more and more integrated into the camera bodies.
Eye Level Finder type
Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 1.44M
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Get eye level with your subject
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple repositioning of the photographer to transform an image from being a simple snapshot, to being a nice portrait. The trick is to get to your subject's level.
- Eye level penta mirror type optical view finder
- Eye point 14 mm at -1 dioptre
- 1.2x Magnifier Eye Cup supplied
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Viewfinder. The eye level device you look through to compose the image.
To determine the main light distance, start with the light about 4 feet from the subject and about 2 feet above the subject's eye level. The light should be about a 45-degree angle to the lens axis.
Place a small mark on the wall that will be at eye level once you sit down. After sitting in the chair, cover one eye. With the other eye, stare at the mark on the wall without moving your open eye. Now, take a pencil that has an eraser on in.
When photographing children, shoot at their eye level. You will see the world as they see it if you shoot at their eye level, not yours.
Experiment with angles and perspective. Try to photograph what is going on from all angles.
Do not pick it up from a corner, or even from two sides and hold it at eye level. Every time the photograph bends, even a little, this can break down the emulsion.
The higher up I can get, the more unique the view as most images tend to be shot from eye level of the photographer.
Most images taken by amateur photographers are taken at eye level - this means most of these pictures are taken from the narrow range of 5 to 6 feet in height.
When photographing wildlife, the subject's space, eye level and image orientation are very important. Most photographers take pictures while standing because it's a natural position.
Get down to your pet's eye level when you're photographing them, and always take several shots before they move, change position or leave the room. When you're taking pictures of wildlife, you'll need patience in addition to your telephoto lens.
The ever popular head shot or head and shoulders portrait has to be taken from slightly above the eye level of the model.
More often than not, Stefano shoots on film with a waist-level camera such as a Mamiya RZ or a Rolleiflex, which he finds helpful because it gives him a much lower view point and makes him closer to the subject’s eye level.
If you don't have either of these, try to make sure your tripod is at eye level. If you need to lean your head over to see through the viewfinder, the job of keeping things level becomes that much harder.
Just like when photographing anyone else, shoot from eye level or above. Try some full body shots. Try some close up shots.
Placing the light above eye level does two things: the most obvious is that it places the catchlight fairly high in the eyes, making the eyes look bigger.
Final Step: Shoot at the cat's eye level
'For this image, I placed my camera directly on the carpeted floor,' says Parker, 'and composed the photograph while laying flat in front of Max.
A simple technique to make pictures of children more intimate and more compelling is to shoot at eye level. Don’t stand at an adult height and shoot down on them.
If you have kids, try photographing them from their eye level. The best way to do this is with a zoom lens so you can get a candid shot. If your kids know you're photographing them, it kills the mood.
Imagine that we are all holding a camera at eye level and standing the same distance away from a stop sign. While the nature of our photographs may be the same, each one of us would have captured a different view of the same subject.
However, photos taken at eye level often appear ordinary, since that's the perspective that we're most used to seeing. Photos taken at above or below this height are therefore often perceived as more interesting.
The pet should fill the frame and the photographer's viewpoint should be near the eye level of the pet.
Try shooting from very low, at a crab's eye level, or shoot towards the beach while wading in the water. Change where you shoot from and you change the entire feel of the picture.
The System: Leica X-1 Bright Line 36mm viewfinder lets you shoot at eye level, and the X-1 Hand Grip improves the camera’s holdability. The SF-24D TTL flash boosts the camera’s guide number to 65 at ISO 100.
You don't always need to take the shot with your camera at eye level. Support your camera on your waist when taking the photo. Some luck or experience is needed here to get the framing right.
Try to take photos at subject's eye level, don't aim the camera up or down
Set up interesting poses (not "tin soldiers") for most of your photos ...
Shoot from slightly above eye level. In most cases, a raised camera angle accentuates the face's best features.
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EVF - Electronic ViewFinder, a small colour LCD with a magnified lens that functions as an eye level viewfinder.
Read graduates (measuring cups) at eye level. Be as precise as you can, which means use the smallest graduates that will hold the amount you need. A gallon bucket with some vague markings inside will usually be less accurate than a quart graduate.
The composition of a photo can be vastly improved by moving outside the eye level or the limits of the tripod. Try photographing from a position low to the ground, or climb to capture an image from above.
Macro lenses are particularly good for low-angle shooting. If you get to eye level with your subject, or even below it, you can turn a field of daisies into a forest, or a preying mantis into a towering monster.
A garter snake in the leaves at eye level
A camouflaged rabbit, one of a pair crossing the trail
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For close-up portraits of people, orient the camera to the portrait format. Keep the eye level of the subject 1/3 of the way down from the top of the frame.
Avoid having a distant subject in dead center of a frame.
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The same scene can appear very different depending on whether you choose to photograph it from above, below or at eye level.
Most of us make the huge mistake of seeing only from eye level. That's the way we walk around, but rarely the best angle from which to make a photo.
Taking photos of your baby from their eye level will illustrate the baby's perspective, rather than the adult's. This technique will also save your child from a kink in the neck from always looking up! ...
Hold the camera just below your eye level, so that you can see over the top. Keep your head up-don't bend down. Adjust the zoom as needed.
Now you've tried that, get down from your chair, and crouch down. Get down so that the top of your desk is at eye level. Now look at your monitor. Different perspective again. The keyboard seems huge in the foreground.
For Group 1, 2 or 3 forward-facing seats you need to change up when their eye level is in line with the top of the seat.
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If sharpness is key, go for a tripod without a centre column, but which gets the camera to your eye level without having to extend every leg section.
Go to the appropriate spot with your "model" and vary the height of the camera. Taking the shot at eye level results in familiar spatial conditions, while a view from a very low camera angle captures the sky.
Camera Angle. Various positions of camera placement relative to the subject's position. i.e. high, low, left, right, eye level, waist level, ground level, etc.
A device employing a short rigid endoscope fitted with a right angle mirror at its tip, used to photograph scale models from a seemingly eye level viewpoint
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Conversely, when looking down upon a subject, such as small children or pets, the message is more deferential or humble. Try taking photographs of these subjects at their eye level for a different, perhaps more realistic perspective.
Try and take photographs of animals at their eye level. This gives the effect of you entering their world, from their perspective. I like the feeling this gives, it helps the viewer visualize what the animal's world is like.
Many subjects can be photographed at their eye level this way for better composition. Birds, smaller mammals, and even small children. You could invert the center post and mount your tripod upside down, but this will make operation very difficult.
See also: Photograph, Camera, Photography, Photographer, Light