Thursday, February 25, 2016

Using "Camera Position" For Mood

Continuing the composing for mood posts series... thingy from last week.
So, apart from light and shadows, we can use the "camera placement" to evoke or enhance a feeling in a picture.

To the examples!: 

Low angle 
Placing the eye level low, will make things appear big, powerful, imposing, in control, or important and looked up to 

High angle
Placing the eye level high will make things look small, weak or in distress 

It's really good for showing facial expressions, it lets us see what a character feels or think. It's also useful for showing important details. 

P.O.V - Point Of  View
If closeup lets us see how the character feels, P.O.V, puts us in the character's shoes. This can be used for a lot of different purposes 

Tilted view (Dutch angle/tilt)
This is a fun one. Tilting the image, gives an unbalanced look, which really helps when you want to get a bit more action from your image, or to just create an uneasy feeling.

You should experiment with where you place the "camera", you may find something that works and unique, which will improve your composition.

I hope this post benefited you.

Next time other tools that can help us evoke a feeling in a painting.

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