April 3rd, 2007
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I want to highlight an important tip raised recently in comments by Cherie Irwin and Scott Hargis. Last week Cherie sent me some examples of the same image shot from different heights above the floor (see Cherie’s examples above). Cherie pointed out that she’d been viewing some interior images shot by a tall person standing up straight and that she thought her images (shot lower because she was short) worked better.
About the same time Cherie and I were discussing this issue Scott Hargis commented that:
“Almost every room will benefit from shooting from a kneeling or squatting position – putting the camera about 30? to 45? off the floor. This emphasizes the floor more than the ceiling (making the room appear more spacious), and in my opinion, more readily mimics the human eye’s perception of the room.”
I think Cherie and Scott have raised an important observation. Too much ceiling can be distracting and having more floor in an interior image does give a feeling of spaciousness. Of course, in kitchens counter tops force you to have the camera at least counter-top level (usually bout 37″) so the images shows the top of the counter.
Thanks Cherie and Scott for pointing this out. Many times I’ve found myself shooting low but I’ve never given much thought to why it worked better than standing up straight.