For this assignment, you will shoot images for each of the six basic points of view:
- Bird’s Eye
- High Angle
- Eye Level
- Worm’s Eye
- Low Angle/Frog’s Eye
- First Person
To complete this assignment effectively you’ll have to get creative and explore different places and subjects.
Left: Bird’s Eye View; Middle: Eye Level View; Right: Worm’s Eye View
When taking images at extreme angles, try to create images that express drama.
When capturing First Person Perspective and Eye Level try to create images that create an intimate connection between the viewer and the subject.
Approach each point of view one at a time. If it helps, re-read each description and make a shot list. A shot list is simply a list of shooting locations and or subjects to help you keep track of your ideas, it’s easy to forget shots when you’re out shooting and feeling “in the zone.”
Imagine what and where you can shoot to capture each angle of view. You’ll find it’s easier to achieve your goals if you strategize on this assignment before shooting. Remember to consider all of the compositional and lighting techniques you’ve learned so far.
Take photographs; do NOT shoot snapshots.
Shoot at least 24 images and no more than 48, with at least 4 images of each point of view. You may shoot one subject for a point of view… or multiple subjects. Do not delete any images you shoot, even if they aren’t as good as you planned.
Tips for a successful assignment:
- You don’t need to stand on top of a tall building to get a bird’s eye view. A ladder will do.
- Composition is important. Always make sure you have a clear center of interest (What should the viewer be looking at?)
- Don’t ignore good lighting. Let the key light delineate the shape of the subject and separate it from the background. (Don’t just turn on the overhead kitchen light and expect the photograph to look good.)
- If you are in control of the location, eliminate clutter around the subject and behind it.
Select your 6 best images, 1 for each different type of angle of view, change the file names to indicate the appropriate angle of view (e.g., BirdsEyeView.jpg) and place in a folder with all of your other images. ZIP the folder and submit to the drop box.
The ZIPPED folder should not be more than 20MB. If it is, you’ll need to resize the Other images to be under 1MB each. Do NOT resize the Best Images.
For images that need to be reduced in size, try Image Size-ing (proportionally) so that the widest dimension is only 1500px and using Export As… (File > Export > Export As…) at 60%.