The Benefits Of Making Photographs At Eye Level


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While the examples I use in this post are of birds/wildlife, they could just as easily have been people.

I learned a great deal about making wildlife photographs when I spent time shooting portraits of people. Most of the techniques I was taught to use when making a human portrait apply to wildlife photography.

And one of those techniques that always applies is shooting at the eye level of your subject

Shooting at Eye Level

If you have photos of people they tend to be at eye level. But if you took photographs of animals/birds/pets before you got serious about photography, chances are the subject was lower than your camera. This means you shoot down on them. You might like the results better if you shoot at eye level.

I love making wildlife portraits at eye level. There are lots of benefits to this approach.

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