Elevate Your Photography
Tap to learn why (and how!) you should be shooting from on high.
If you want to level up your photography without fancy gear or trendy filters, shift your perspective. Shooting photos from a higher vantage point can make ordinary subjects look fresh and unleash exciting new possibilities. Follow these tips and you’ll be making aerial masterpieces in no time.
Explore creative spaces
‣ Some of the easiest places to capture photos from above are locations with built-in variations in height, where you can safely stand with a camera above your subjects. Consider swimming pools, parks benches, and bleachers to give your work that extra lift.
For help, the ProCam 6 app provides a tilt meter that tells you if you’re level. Try to keep your phone parallel to the ground as you’re shooting downward—the two axes in the app will light up green if you’ve hit it perfectly.
And if you mess up? Run your skewed image through the Perspective Correction tool in photo-editing app Darkroom. All you have to do is slide your finger left or right and your shot will look level.
Highlight your shadows
‣ If you shoot from above on a brightly lit day, the sun will not only illuminate your subject but also cast shadows onto the ground behind them—use those stark shapes to add depth and create more dynamic photos. Try asking the person you’re photographing to experiment with different poses to see the resulting effect on the shadows.
Mind your composition
‣ Shooting objects from directly overhead can create an illusion of flatness and offer more control over a composition. Whether you want to capture a still-life of your lunch or a meticulously organized pattern, take advantage of this unusual angle by artfully arranging your subjects before snapping.
One thing that’ll help is a grid. You’ve probably seen a grid of thirds, but ProCam 6 has one that allows you to line up your image using the famous “golden ratio.”
This method requires you to place your subjects along a curved line rather than straight grid lines. Think of it as a giant subliminal bull’s-eye, pointing the viewer’s gaze toward the focal point of your photo. Within the app, tap the small white arrow next to the capture button. A menu of of icons will pop up—select the spiral and position the smallest part of the grid on your desired subject. Snap away!
Hop onto the scale
‣ Playing with the scale of your subjects in relation to their surroundings can create striking, powerful imagery. Think in extremes here: The larger the difference in scale, the more dramatic your image will be. While shooting from above, you can either zoom in tightly to create an enlarging effect on subjects, or back away to shrink them down.