Leading Lines
Colorful Sidewalk Design

by Kerry Drager

You’re supposed to keep the camera level at all times, correct? Well, there are exceptions! Used at the right artistic time, a nice tip of the camera can pump up the visual tension by creating great angles and diagonals.

Shooting with your camera askew (so as to change naturally appearing vertical or horizontal lines into diagonals) can be done for a variety of small scenes or big views and with just about any lens focal length. It's your choice -- and your creativity.

Like other creative techniques, you won’t want to use this method all the time. But when the subject calls for it, angling the camera is one fine artistic weapon. Have fun!

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