2021 WEEK 22: Changing Your Point of View (POV)

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

This week your challenge is to take a photo from a different point of view than you normally would. Technically “point of view” (or POV) in photography refers to the placement of the camera in relation to the subject. The vast majority of photos are taken from the eye level of the photographer, but changing your point of view, e.g. bird’s eye view, worm’s eye view, becoming the subject or shooting from the eye level of the subject, can create much more impactful photos. Even taking a step or two to the left or right can dramatically change the relationship of your foreground/subject with the background – which in turn changes the story that your photo tells.

2016 WEEK 36: GROUND LEVEL PERSPECTIVE by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero
2016 WEEK 36: GROUND LEVEL PERSPECTIVE by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero

I recommend that you choose your POV after you have chosen your subject. The POV you choose should help you tell the story of your chosen subject. In the photo above, when I sat on the ground I realized that the dogs had a completely different view of the farmers market stands than I did as an adult human, so I decided to take the photo from their viewpoint.

2017 WEEK 33: Get Close! by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero
2017 WEEK 33: Get Close! by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero

I’m always looking for a different POV when I take photos of flowers and the textures on the backside of this sunflower really spoke to me. We rarely pay attention to the backs of flowers, so it’s a unique POV that hopefully makes the viewer think about what they themselves might be missing when they look at flowers.

Behind the Bandstand by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero
Behind the Bandstand by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero

The bandstand photo above is taken from the POV of the subject, i.e. the band itself. Usually concert photos focus on the performers, but in this case I was able to walk behind the bandstand and take a photo of the dancing concert goers, i.e. what the band members typically see. Taking the photo with the drum set and band members in the foreground helps give context to the scene.

As you can see from the above examples, your choice of subject can be just about anything. The point of this challenge is to change the way you view your subject to capture a unique POV. The following articles will provide you with additional information as well as examples:


This week’s challenge summary:

  • Take a photo from a different point of view than you normally would. The POV you choose should help you tell the story of your chosen subject.
  • Post your photo during the week of Sunday, May 30 and Saturday, June 5.

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About thedigitaljeanie

I’m a self-taught photographer and way back when I used to love taking photos, but I allowed a business that I started in 2004 to take over my life and my photographic repertoire was reduced to quick product shots and how-to tutorials. When I joined the PhotoChallenge in December 2015, I was looking to rekindle my creativity and bring some joy back into my photography. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back. I believe that photography can change the way we see and interact with the world around us. Some people may think that I hide behind the camera, but I feel that I experience the world in a much more intimate way when I am creating a composition in my viewfinder. In those moments distractions disappear, my mind focuses and I am fully present. It is just me and my camera capturing a moment in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. My background is as varied as the photos that I take. I’ve trained and worked as a software engineer, a massage therapist, an English teacher in Vietnam, a photo restoration artist (which is how I learned Photoshop) and for the past twelve years I have run a small software business with my husband where I have been published in numerous books and magazines, appeared on PBS television, created designs for fabric, quilts and machine embroidery and won awards for some of my quilts. It should come as no surprise that I am intensely curious about life and love to learn new things. I am blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, USA in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Fort Collins with my husband and cat. You can find me online at: Photos: flickr.com/photos/the-digital-jeanie/ Day job: KaleidoscopeCollections.com Facebook: facebook.com/jeaniesa