Use a simple angle to make a shot more dramatic

Here is a quick tip for you that can make a big difference in your shots, try adding a little angle to your shots when you take them. The following two images show what a little turn of the camera can accomplish.

Straight Shot

Angled Shot


Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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11 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    an excellent tip Kerry, when you compare both shots, the top one is really an ordinary shot but the second shot below, it gets you to examine the image more closely.
    I'll keep that in mind,

  2. photo-g says:

    I bet the Angled shot wouldn't be as interesting if the photographer hadn't moved to include more of the side of the train car.

  3. roderickm says:

    The first shot has the compositional creativity of a mugshot. And it neglects the best feature of shooting railways: perspective! Even without a pair of rails vanishing on the horizon, the second photo gives much more depth by including the side of the car. And the tilt gives the sense of motion, too. Good tip, Kerry.

  4. marc says:

    Meh, both photos are bad. The "fashion tilt" is a bad gimmick and ranks up there with overdone HDR.

    • kgarrison says:

      To each his own, there is a time and a place for pretty much everything, even overdone HDR if that is the intended effect.

    • Ryan says:

      I have to agree with you, there are very few times when a tilted image is good. It would be like saying try some selective color if a picture isn't interesting enough. If your subject isn't good enough to work without a tilt, it probably just isn't good enough. Now getting a proper composition to use the background is essential, but that is a different thing. I usually really like the advice here, but you can't always agree.

  5. Thanks for the tip and demo 🙂 If you're also interested in seeing how famous photographers light their images, take a peek at

  6. It's not simply changing the angle, it's taking on a new perspective. Maybe there are better examples as the 2nd photo is a bit overdone.

  7. listings says:

    Thanks for the tips.It really works.Keep sharing such informative and useful tips here.

  8. timmon says:

    Well, sometimes it works…sometimes not. You wouldn't take an angled picture of the leaning tower of Pisa, just to make it look 'right', would you? To each his own, I guess.

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