On this video, photographer Jay P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens talks about shooting from a low angle and when this could be a big advantage.
There are plenty of scenarios where shooting from a low angle close to the ground can be useful both in stills and in video productions.
Morgan has six types of shots where the low angle look is especially useful:
- “Hero” shot – looking up at your model gives the impression of being bigger than life (it also stretches the legs of models.
- Shots inside a box/case – if you have a large enough enclosure or small enough camera it could be a really interesting shot where your subject opens the case (you can also do this with the trunk of a car).
- Reduce background clutter – if your background is too messy you can shoot from below and get the sky in the frame.
- Point of view shot – if you want to make a shot from the point of view of a person the down-looking up point of view is great.
- Run/walk perspective – a camera on the ground can capture a person running next to or even right on top of the camera and either getting closer or away from the camera.
- Vehicles moving – similar to the previous one but this time the camera can actually be mounted on the moving vehicle close to the ground creating a very strong action style look (just watch some Hollywood blockbuster car chasing scenes).