Using Portrait Angles
When we talk about creating an excellent portrait, we often discuss composition, camera equipment and lighting. Another variable is the angle.
You should know about the different types of angles and how it can help when it comes to taking portraits. Angles can make or break your photo shoot. Plus, some angles make people look more flattering than other angles.
There are two aspects of angles, with one being camera angle and the other being facial view, which refers to how much of the face is visible in the photo. You don’t have to recognise the term facial view to know that there is a significant visual difference between someone looking right at the camera and someone being photographed in profile.
The concepts of facial view and camera angles are simple, but the hard part is understanding how so many variables can interact with one another, as well as with your poses. With that said, we will go over a few examples of various camera angles and facial views. After you read over the examples, you’ll have a better idea of how the use angles and facial views to improve your portrait shoot.
Eye Level Angle
This is the most common angle people use, and it entails placing the camera at eye level with the subject. The end result is usually an image that is proportionate to your head and body. It also creates a powerful connection between you and anyone viewing your portrait. Plus, eye level angle makes people look flattering, which is why everyone loves it. It also great for PR pictures and business websites.
High Camera Angle Headshot
When shooting from a high camera angle, the focus is on your face and not your body, and this can provide a slimming angle for adults. This is why many people love the high camera angle shoot. Another bonus of using the high angle is it can catch the lights in your eyes, and if there is a background you’re not a fan of, then most of it will be hidden. However, this angle may not be the best choice to go with when it comes to certain situations. For example, if you are very slim, then you may not want to use this angle because it may make you look less than flattering.
Low Camera Angle Portrait
This is when the camera is placed below the eyes and when the camera is tilted up. This can make anybody look taller than they are and convey authority. It also makes people look bigger than what they are, and many people don’t like this effect. Many photographers love using the low camera angle, especially with kids who have just learnt how to walk. This angle comes in handy for those who want to look powerful. Just remember, this isn’t the best angle to use if you want to make people look flattering, but it is a good one if you want to look bigger and convey to viewers that you are powerful.
When photographed full-face, means you will have your face pointing right towards the camera, and both sides of your face should be seen equally, as well as both of ears. Full-face shots bring out a sense of assertiveness and confidence in a person being photographed. Also, if you do full-face shots, then make sure your eyes are looking directly into the lens.
The profile view is another type of facial view, and so are 3/4 and 2/3 views. In a 3/4 view, you only turn your face enough so one of your ears cannot be seen, while a 2/3 view is when the face is turned to the point that your nose is about to break the plane of the back cheek. If you want to do a profile portrait and keep it true, then turn your face 90 degrees.
Two-thirds Facial View
If you want your photo to convey a casual look, then choose to be photographed either 2/3 or 3/4 view, which often is the best candid images because your facial expressions are visible to the viewer. If you want a portrait that doesn’t feel posed, then shoot in profile. What you choose to do is ultimately up to you but a good photographer should be able to keep an eye for these tips during the session.