Try shooting asana from a low perspective. Why? This makes your subject just as important as the environment around him or her, offering a statuesque feel to your images. Note any structures in the background, and carefully choose the angles behind the figure. This image, a Maasai warrior in Side Plank Pose at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, illustrates where I was when I shot the piece. In the final photograph, you can see the landscape well underneath the figure, making the man hold a powerful space in the composition. Shooting from low perspective will open up your eyes to a whole new world of clear, poetic possibility. You’ll see.
Hint: This perspective works well for expressive poses. But beware of shooting standing portraits, as low perspective can create the illusion that your subject's head is too small for the body.
Pictured: Jacob Parit Noomek — Maasai Warrior at Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya
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