Worm’s eye view photography: how to shoot a unique view of the world

Worm's eye view photography: how to shoot a unique view of the world

Discover how you can get a unique view of the world by seeing it from a worm’s eye view. Our latest tutorial shows you how to get down and dirty with your camera!

Worm's eye view photography: how to shoot a unique view of the world

Getting down as low as possible when you shoot gives a slightly surreal ‘worm’s-eye view’ of the world. It’s a quick and easy way liven up your shots of flowers, buildings and even people.

You’ll need to lie down for this worm’s eye view technique. As it’s pretty difficult to frame up a shot with the eye-level viewfinder when you’re flat on the ground, switch to Live View (if you have it), so that you can use the main LCD to compose the shot accurately. What’s more, if your camera has one, you can additionally use its flip-out screen.

A telephoto zoom lens will let you create an attractive shallow depth of field. Switch to A (aperture-priority) mode so that you can concentrate on getting a wide aperture while your camera adjusts everything else.

How to shoot a worm’s eye view

Flowers make the perfect subjects for this worm’s eye view technique, as the viewer expects to see them from above

How to shoot a worm's eye view: step 1

01 Aim up from lower ground
Clumps of flowers are perfect for a attempting a worm’s-eye effect. Look for lower ground to position yourself on, as lying a little below the flowers will make composition easier. Make sure you get your camera right under your subject and shoot at an upwards angle.

 

How to shoot a worm's eye view: step 2

02 Go wide
Once you’ve mastered composing and shooting from a worm’s-eye view using a telephoto lens, switch to a wide-angle one, like our Tokina 12-24mm, for a different effect – when it’s used close up, a wide-angle lens will distort perspective for an even more dramatic look.

 

How to shoot a worm's eye view: step 3

03 Aim straight up
Another method for shooting a worm’s-eye view photo is by setting the self timer and placing your camera lens-up on the ground. This technique works really well with canopies of trees (see main image). If you’re struggling to get the shot to work, try lying on your back and shooting upwards.

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