Bruce Weber Images

STD_5317As you know, a camera angle other than standing at eye level can make your photography more dynamic and interesting. Getting up high to look down on a scene is one way to make the subjects appear vulnerable or submissive. Cinematographers will often use a high angle for shots to establish a scene or location. And photos of pets are often taken from a high angle because we humans are just naturally taller than our four-legged friends. When you grab your phone to snap that adorable shot of Muffy chasing her tail, you will most likely be standing with your camera several feet above her. That is not to say that high angle shots are bad for pet photography, or photography in general. But it is the most common angle from which pets are shot. And sometimes it pays to be different.

SPO_0171The opposite end of the spectrum from high angle shots are, of course, low angle shots. Low shots