It’s All About Perspective

I wanted the tractor and man to be prominent in this photo, the trees are rather faraway in the background.

Something to think about while reading this post.  When you are photographing people or any subject, think about your background.  Do you want the subject to stand out more, or do you want the background to be the star of your photo?

This youtube video from Christine Stevens (see below), author of Music Medicine, actually dramatically shows how perspective can alter how you view a photo.   In the beginning of Christine’s video, she is sitting in front of an ancient Yew Tree in Scotland playing a drum.  I took three screen shots from her youtube to so you can see how the perspective changed.

In this first screen shot, notice the big Yew Tree in the background.  Christine and her drum look fairly large compared to the tree, and appear to be the main subject.  Notice also that the entire photo is in focus which means the photo looks flat.  It is obvious that she is not sitting real close to the tree, but you have no idea how far away she is from it.

In this next screen shot, she is standing and walking backward to the tree.  Notice she is not looking quite as big, but the size of her drum is smaller.

Now in this last screen shot, she is back by the tree.  She is kneeling side ways which makes her seem wider and her hands are stretched up high with the drum.  Notice how dwarfed she appears next to the tree.  The tree is now the star of the photo.  Did you notice the three pairs of boots in the picture?

Which perspective do you like best?  What if your family was sitting by that tree? Where would you place them?

Watching the video as Christine walks backwards is amazing.  The video is only a minute and half, so please take a little time to enjoy her drumming and watch the perspective change.


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Qi (energy) hugs




  1. A great demonstration of perspective, Cee. The first capture in particular shows that our images don’t always tell the full story. I really didn’t imagine she was so far from the tree.


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