Photo Tip Friday - Using Different Perspectives

Welcome to Photo Tip Friday!

Today I'm going to show you how a change of perspective can take one subject and make it look very different. 

Let's get started! 

Here are three shots of a Zinnia, a fairly common flower. 

Pink Zinnia
This is an overall shot of the pink beauty, isolated from others around it. The shot is off-centered. Greens in the background set off the flower's colors. 

This photograph captures the entire flower and from a perspective we would see it with our naked eye. 

If we move in closer and take a picture, the center stands out more, allowing you to see the flowers inside the flower.  

But this shot crops part of the flower off. 

Why? To focus more attention on the center. 

How often have you looked at a Zinnia from the side? 

Probably not too often. Look at the layers upon layers of petals.  

This perspective creates a completely different look and feel to the flower. 


Here is a very different perspective. 

Notice the sky in the photo?

I got down on my knees and got under this Zinnia. Then, I took the shot looking back up. 

Why? Just to get a different perspective. 

When something catches your eye this week, I want you to take multiple shots. 

Move around your subject. 

Get down on your knees (if you can!). 

Look straight down on your subject. 

Try to be creative. 

Hope this tip helps! 

Keep on clicking!



  1. Not only are you an incredible photographer, you are a great teacher, Mary! I love these articles, and I'm learning so much from you! Bless you!

    1. Thanks Cynthia! My mom was a great teacher...guess I learned from the best! ;)

      I'm truly glad the tips help!

  2. I love this! I'd much rather grab my camera and start shooting than put away the groceries... though I suppose I could try for several perspectives of celery or bananas.

    Your article reminds me of the song Both Sides Now (Judy Collins???)--"I've looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow, it's clouds' illusions I recall. I really don't know clouds at all."

    1. Robin, have you gone through my hard drive?? Um, I have pictures of celery.....

      LOL. NO JOKE.....I do.

      So that's EXACTLY what I want you to do!!

      And, I LOVE that song!!!!!!!!!

      :) Great minds.......

  3. I love it, Mary. Can't decide whether my favorite is the first one (because of the dark green background) or the second one (because of the details.)

    1. I love the dark backgrounds behind flowers. I can't always manage it, but I try to create that look when I can. By moving around of course....

      Try your hand at flowers!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Interesting. I wouldn't have thought of taking a picture of a flower from the side.

    1. Perfect! Now you will think of it!

      Grab your phone and try a few shots!

      Glad you dropped by Joyce!

  5. Fantastic tips there, Thanks Mary :) I love the last shot the best!
    Visiting from FYBF x

    1. Thanks for dropping by Sabeen! Try different angles for your photos and you'll get some cool ones too!

  6. Great tips, the pictures are all beautiful :)

    Thanks for joining us at the weekend blog hop...

    1. Thanks for hoisting Claire! Glad you like the shots. :)