5 tips for shooting from above

Stephanie Bryan Photography - 5 tips for shooting from above

When capturing images, I am always trying to vary my perspective and show those little details in different ways. Shooting from above is probably my very favorite way to switch things up and I love how you can include so much of a scene by getting above your subject. Here are my tips for getting those unique overhead shots!


1. Grab a wide angle lens.

A wide angle lens is going to give you SO much more space in your frame and will help to tell more of your story. I typically use either my 24mm or 35mm depending on what I'm shooting. The 24mm is my go-to for almost all indoor sessions (read more about how I almost exclusively use my 24mm for indoor lifestyle sessions here). 

2. Think about your aperture.

The depth of field of your image is going to change depending on your aperture (not sure what aperture is?? Read all about it here!). Shooting wide open will likely cause the "top" or closest part of your image to be main focal point; while closing down your aperture will keep more of the details and dimension of your scene. 

3. Use a step stool or ladder.

Even with my wide angle lens, I still like to get high above my subject or scene and a step stool or ladder is a great tool to use. I'm on the shorter side anyway, so being able to really get above the scene is incredibly useful and helps to make sure I can include all the bits that are important to the story. 

4. Shoot in live view.

Live view is your best friend when you're shooting from above. I find live view incredibly helpful for straightening up my image and making sure I'm including all fingers/toes/people, etc.  

5. Keep composition in mind.

Like with all images, I keep composition in mind when I'm shooting from above. I always take a look at my scene and try to eliminate anything that might distract from the story I'm telling. Setting your shot up just right IN CAMERA will save you so much more time on the post-processing end!


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