this is what Jimmy Chin does for a living. he climbs and takes photographs so the rest of us can get a sense of what a scene looks like from a different angle. well, a higher angle anyway.
the two basics of photography are lighting and composition. the angle is part of the composition. that is Jimmy’s niche in photography; the angle. for others, like Richard Avedon, it’s lighting.
© The Richard Avedon Foundation
lighting is a rather difficult aspect to master, as a camera cannot exactly capture what your eye sees. don’t get me wrong, there are very sophisticated cameras available now in the market; but none are as perfect as the human eye. a good example? capturing blacks and whites in an image. the human eye can see both at the same time flawlessly. a camera can’t exactly master this, though it can get really close.
in terms of composition, there is a little more wiggle room in what can be produced without the aid of editing software. you can edit a photograph to make it lighter or darker, change the warmth, saturation, hue, etc. but short of just cutting off parts of a photograph it’s a little harder to manipulate the composition (though of course it can still be accomplished).
below are some great photographs from Jimmy showing his eye for giving audiences a different angle.
© Jimmy Chin
if you want to see more of Jimmy’s work, check out his Instagram feed for some wonderful photographs.