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Get Down-Photography Tip

October 03, 2007   |   by Rachel

My sister-in-law, Jessie, posted these pictures of Win and Harriet's cousins on our family blog. I thought that they were a great example my next photography tip. Get down. It is very easy to take pictures from a standing position, but that isn't always the best angle-especially for children. Taking pictures of kids at their eye level helps to create a sense of connection with them.Look through your pictures for images that you took from a standing position and those that you took from eve level with your subject. Then compare them. You'll notice that the ones that were taken at eye level tend to be more powerful. This isn't a hard and fast rule by any means, but more often than not pictures can be improved just by crouching or kneeling.Notice how Jessie was at eye level with her kids when she took these pictures. She also did a couple of other great things. She got close and didn't worry about cutting off foreheads and she didn't ask her kids to look at the camera. I love the one of Ezra and Kiah with the hose and shoe. She captured a moment between the brothers who were working together and were not aware of mom with the camera.These are perfect examples of what you can do with simple equipment.

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