angles, angles, angles…on my point & shoot

Every photographer has ‘their thing’….the one tip they usually land on. For some it is related to manual settings, for some it is avoiding posed shots, for some it is how to get great posed shots. More and more I am discovering my ‘thing’ for capturing the everyday in a unique way is all about the angles. Every angle tells a story. Three of the kids and I went on a little trip to the zoo. I took my point & shoot because let’s face it a 10 month old, 2 year old and 4 year old is enough work by myself nonetheless trying to get shots with my dslr. However, it did cross my mind while wrangling my 3 little ones that I could take some pictures for a little blog post too….

All the photos below are taken with my Canon Powershot SD870 IS on automatic mode with the flash off. I have edited all the pictures using Totally Rad Actions – the ‘blah’ pictures are edited exactly the same as the rest. The only difference in these pictures is the changing of angles.

…….and a lot more interesting

The boys are passionate that we take pictures with the gorilla thing EVERY TIME we visit the zoo.

…….and a lot more interesting

This is how we rolled at the zoo….gotta capture the triple loaded double stroller.

…….and a lot more interesting

After a long morning at the zoo she couldn’t decide if she wanted a bottle or her pacifier.

…….and a lot more interesting

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  • Lindsay - Thank you! I LOVE your tips.

  • Alba - thanks for the tip. I’ll keep in mind for the next roll (I still do not have a digital one, romantic??)

  • Candy Foster - Cool! We just visited the zoo there last week.

  • amanda torres - The angles are much better your way! Now, I noticed you weren’t wearing a baby, so that leaves room for one more…

  • emily anderson - dude. we so rock the triple loaded sit-n-stand. no other way to do it :)

  • Sarah - I love all the different angles! I’ve been trying different angles as well and i’ve gotten some great shots too; of course it helps when you have a cute little guy to work with:)

  • Katie - I have such a hard time figuring out what angles to use to get interesting shots. Thanks so much for pairs of photos. They really make it easier to see how to change things up!!

  • Kristi - I love the different angles. I love when you give tips on photography. I am trying to learn as much as possible and have been practicing for almost a year. I would love to start doing it professionally one day but feel I still have more to learn! Thanks for helping and being an inspiration along the way.

  • robyn - this is the PERFECT example of the “where did you get your camera, it takes great pictures?” annoying question.
    its not the camera… its how you use it! im totally with you. although have not quite perfected it like you have!

  • Anna Joy - great tips, ashley! you have such great talent!!

  • karen brown - you’re briliant! keep the photo tips coming!

  • robyn - Thanks for the blah and better shots. It really helps to see an example of different angles. I tried to take more interesting shots on our recent vacation to the beach… Now I want overs!

  • Tammy - Thank you so much for this post. We have been thinking that to get better photos we need to upgrade our camera, but that’s just not budgetable. I needed reminded of this simple tip! :)

  • casey - Love the tulsa zoo!
    Come check out my blog I’m going to have a giveaway this month for my vintage baby… love their stuff! Can I send you a gorgeous bow Ashley? Id love to!
    http://www.oklahousewife.blogspot.com

  • Sophie - I need to try and make use of these angles you’ve used. I often attempt to shake things up with different angles, but most of the time I end up looking like I’ve tripped over and accidentally pressed the shutter on the way down! :P

  • Arielle - Wow! What a crazy, amazing illustration of such a useful tip! It’s incredible what a difference it makes. Thanks for sharing!

  • bambooska - You have such beautiful children!

  • kristiina - I love how you SHOW us how much better the angles are–many thanks :)

  • Monica - A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

  • Melissa - I love your shots! Very inspiring! Way to work the angles! Kids are beautiful and thanks for the tips!

  • Rob - “The Earth is Our Mother” Really???

  • jessica h - GREAT post! thanks!!

  • Jesse - I do love the angles you get! I need to practice that!

  • Libby - love all the angles. It’s amazing how much an angle can make a picture look so much better. wow I need to work on that. thanks!

  • Mandy - You are awesome! Thank you! Oh and your kids are too cute for words!

  • Emily - Learning these angles from you has changed the way I do photography completely! THANK YOU!

  • mali - i LOVE when you give out tips for those of us who don’t have dslr’s !
    your blog is absolutely a treat, even without the tips!

  • Kelly - Thanks so much for sharing great tips like these. I am really enjoying your blog. I am linking to you in the post I’m scheduling for tomorrow because I practiced some angles when taking my photos. Kelly

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  • jessica k - this is great! i LOVE this tip, you are so right! Thank you!

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  • Chelsea - I love this! Thanks so much for sharing! And, yes, I love the triple-loaded stroller! Even with only having 2 kids myself, ours often had 3 kids on it.

  • Eva - Yes, this!

    I have been trying to do a better job at capturing daily life….and finding that THIS makes all the difference in the world. Great tip and awesome job of capturing a simple outing to the zoo with a point and shoot!

  • Madeleine JL Photography - Found your blog on pinterest when looking for DIY headboards. Ive now spent over an hour.. first reading about your amazing adoption story.. and now reading all your photography posts. Thank You for a great blog!

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