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Tuesday
Feb222011

Tuesday Photo Tip - The Big Three Pt. 2 ~ Head Angle

Image A

Image B

We'll start off this post with a quick question - which image do you prefer, A or B?  Nine out of ten people will pick image B and the interesting thing about this choice is that most can't tell you the reason behind it.  Both images are identical except for one small difference, head angle.

The first few times I read about head angle I just couldn't understand how a couple degrees of difference could make or break an image.  Despite my willingness to learn I couldn't wrap my head around the idea, no pun intended! :)  It wasn't until someone posted two images highlighting the difference that I immediately understood what it was all about.

In Image A the ducks head is a couple degrees away from the camera's sensor (bad head angle) and in Image B it is a couple degress towards the cameras sensor (good head angle).  If the birds head is exactly parallel to the cameras sensor then it's considered an acceptable head angle.  

Here's two more images which are very similar - which do you prefer?

Image A

Image B

Image B has an acceptable head angle, but Image A is much better! :)  The difference is quite subtle but the emotional impact of the image dramaticlly increases when you get the head angle just right.  If you want to delve into this subject a little deeper here's a good discussion to look at on Bird Photographers.net (a great site to learn from),http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/showthread.php/69804-Head-Angle-Fine-Points-Thread-in-the-ER

A little while ago someone mentioned to me how awesome it was that all my bird images have catchlight in the bird's eye.  Flattery aside, I thought about it for a second and realized that catchlight isn't something I even think about anymore.  By following last weeks tip of proper light angle and this weeks tip of proper head angle catchlight in the birds eye becomes a given. :)

Next week we'll finish off the trinity with Perspective and Backgrounds.