Everyone looks at the world around them in different ways. If you change your point of
view, something you see everyday can become completely new. An interesting point of
view can make simple things seem extraordinary. Three approaches to point of view are:
Birds’ Eye View (viewed from above)
Worms’ Eye View (viewed from below)
Eye Level (viewed from eye level)
Its one thing to take just a picture from any of these skewed views, but what might make
the picture a “standout” is one that utilizes many of the other photographic terms that you
have been practicing, especially the principles of design (repetition, emphasis, movement,
etc.). You are looking for a photo that creates an impact or lasting image to the viewer.
Creative expression through production.
Historical and cultural context.
Applications to life.
Objective: To create three separate photographic compositions that shows an everyday
object from one of the points of view (birds’ eye, worms’ eye and eye level). You may
use the same object for each photograph or a different object in each photograph.
1. All three compositions have an everyday object in it or are in an
2. Use each of the three points of view (birds’, worms’ and eye
level) to create three compositions.
3. Crop your images into an interesting view.
4. The compositions need to have a foreground, middle ground
and background (the use of depth of field).
5. Use a full range of values in order to create a sense of mood in
6. Include movement and emphasis in each composition.
Birds’ Eye View
Worm’s Eye View