Perspective is critical in photography for lots of reasons. Most critically, it is how you tell your story. The name of this blog, Points-of-View, could easily be translated as “perspectives.”
Below is a photo of part of a light that hangs outside of the garage at my father-in-law’s home in Minot, North Dakota. To most people, a casual glance at the photo doesn’t seem to show much that is very interesting.
If you were to have been where I was when I was photographing this garage light, you might have known that the garage light had a secret that could be better shown by a slight adjustment in my perspective (moving down and to the right, as well as zooming in a bit). Fortunately, it was a nearly windless day and nothing at all moved on to or off of the lamp as I changed my perspective to give another take on the light or rather …
the dragonfly resting on it. Sorry about the title of this post. If you only saw a garage light and not the dragonfly it might have been because the title “primed the pump” that is your mind. In other words, you were told to expect to see a garage light and that is all you looked for or saw. This is something to discuss at another time, but it is fascinating stuff.
Another way to change perspective is through the use of the tools of the digital tool box. Obviously cropping is one of the more important tools readily available to photographers. Other tools can be used to change, for good or ill, the look of one’s photo. The following is an example of how the use of filters (in this case software filters from Tiffen’s Dfx 3 collection) can change the mood, and thus the perspective of a photo.