Simon Stafford

Positioning the camera at the subject’s eye level, or even slightly below it, is one of the simplest and most effective ways to increase the impact of your wildlife pictures, because it breaks the all too familiar view produced by shooting from the photographer’s eye level.

A high camera position not only risks obscuring part of the subject, but also creates a sense of dominating it. By getting down low, and focusing on the subject’s eyes, or the eye nearest the lens if only one is visible, or within the depth of field, you will achieve a more dramatic perspective that helps to emphasize the subject.

Here, I lay flat on the ground to get as low as possible and used a wide lens aperture to limit the depth of field to an extremely shallow zone, taking great care to place the point of focus on the edge of the iris of the eye closest to the camera.

Common Tree Frog, France


Technical details: Nikon D700, Micro-Nikkor AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8, 1/60 f/5.6 ISO400