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Anybody can take a photograph, but it takes a little something to take a great photograph. That something is an alternative point of view. Taking a picture of something straight on often creates quite a generic image. Try crouching down and angling your camera up at the subject or tilt the camera so it isn’t quite straight on. Taking your photo from a different angle can completely change how the image looks.

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Lighting is also very important. Change the place you are standing in to see how sunlight or artificial light changes the image. The middle of the day is the worst time for taking photographs outside as there are no shadows, so everything looks flat. If you take photos earlier or later than midday then shadows add depth to the image. If you are photographing at night then you need to utilise the light sources available to you – think about what is illuminated and what is not.

Placing the sun behind the subject.

Placing the sun behind the subject.

Using artifial lighting in a darkroom to experiment with portrait photography. Model - Miriam.

Using artifial lighting in a darkroom to experiment with portrait photography. Model – Miriam.

Night photography in Austria.

Night photography in Austria.

(All photographs are (c) me 2014. Please do not use them or claim them as your own.)

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