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What Does Perspective Mean When Talking About Photography?

When talking about taking photographs the term ‘perspective’ describes the positional relationship between the photographer and the subject or scene being captured. The angle at which the photographer views the scene is called their perspective. If you were to stand on the roof of a building and shoot a subject below you you would be shooting from a high perspective, if you were lying on the ground shooting a subject above you you would be shooting from a low perspective. Choosing the best perspective when setting up a scene is a key element in capturing engaging images.

A skier shot from a low perspective
Photo: Dan Carr