Moving from a "happy snapper" to a real photographer means learning to change your perspective and guiding your camera to capture a different viewpoint. 

That view might be something that your audience would never get to see in their lifetime, or perhaps you wish to create a narrative for your audience. 

Let's take a look at these photos below to demonstrate my point!

Here you see the back of my dogs head in the bottom of the frame. That is Venus, get use to seeing her as she is a model in many of my photos ;) 

In the middle of the frame are some horses from our neighbourhood stables. 

I could have just taken a picture of the horse looking up at us but that would have been just a "happy snap". By moving around behind Venus and lowering my camera to her perspective and fixing on the horse looking up at us, I can visually tell a story about a little dog who adores looking at horses and a horse who is curious about a dog.

In this photo, I could have taken a picture of the coastline form this cliff over the Mediterranean and that would have been spectacular. But, to capture the sand below the cliff, which changes the colour of the sea, I had to shoot straight down. Also, to see how the seaweed adds another darker turquoise layer, again I had to shoot straight down to get the overlap of colours.

The perspective is challenging but also unique as not many people in the world would get the chance to see this viewpoint.

On another note, I took the cliff edge and made it balance the sea and with this edging I could draw the viewers eye from corner to corner. This way, I engage my audience to look from side to side.

Also, while I am at it, the contrast of the sea water to the rocky cliff makes for a nice juxtaposition of textures, which again is another way to add dimension and interest to your photo.


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