Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at when I took the main photograph for this post. This is for a coat I listed recently, and I decided to snap some pictures while I was photographing the item.
I keep my camera about 5 feet away, and I have the tripod set nearly at waist level. It’s a far cry from when I used to have it at eye level, but this height makes the camera capture the subject a bit more elongated, which shows my height. When the camera is too high, a couple things happen.
1. The subject looks shorter/wider. The camera is essentially “looking down” on the subject, and this creates a much smaller viewpoint.
2. A higher angle tends to make the subject look like you aren’t on eye level, even though previously, my camera WAS at eye level. It disengages the viewer. A lower set-up for your camera will help make it feel as if the viewer is truly right there when the photo is taken.
Here is an example of change in height/position of the camera on the same dress.