ROB PETHERICK from England is our featured digital photographer.  Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge them.  He contributes dynamic architectonic forms to describe VIEWPOINT at :   He also shows us PEOPLE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT  at: .  Notice the emphasis on strong compositional elements in his work.  Check out the remainder of the web site for other images.  If you are curious enough about his work to contact him, his email is


Viewpoint describes the position of the camera rather than the subject matter. The position of the subject in a photograph can add dynamic interest and creative fun to your photographs.  High viewpoint means the camera is above and the angle of the photograph points downward.   An aerial photograph is a fine example.   Low viewpoint means the camera looks up to the subject(s).  From a New York City street looking up at zigzag fire escapes is a familiar example to us metropolitan New Yorkers.  In the Eye level viewpoint, the lens and camera look directly into the subject as you would if you, the camera, and the film plane were at a 90-degree angle to the ground. 


The utensils are purely high viewpoint.  The top of the canyon is at eye level while the bottom is high viewpoint.  It is possible to combine more than one viewpoint in an image.


Shooting down looking up.  Notice how the sky becomes a shape in the second photograph and how this breaks the rule of thirds and is still a highly successful low viewpoint image.


Shooting from eye level most photographers shoot from a standing or seated position.  However, you can get on a building or ladder or crawl on the ground to shoot at eye level .

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People in Their Environment describes the part of the assignment where you take people (or animals) in relationship to an environment in which they exist or interact.  Athletic events, people working, relaxing, etc. are viable potential subjects.  You can think of more arenas, which are serious, humorous, etc.  Photographing people who are eating is usually vulgar so try to avoid it unless you want to express vulgarity.  The famous American woman photographer, Margaret Bourke-White gives us some outstandingly composed images photographed in the first half of the 20th century.





1. Let your main subject FILL THE FRAME.  Get close up or use a zoom if you have appropriate lenses.   

2. Use interesting composition.  Keep the center of interest away from the center of the picture. 

3.  Use the Rule of ThirdsNO FLASH!

4.  In the subject matter of your choice recognize and go OUTDOORS or near an open window in daylight to shoot 4 examples each of High Viewpoint, Low Viewpoint, and Eye Level Viewpoint, Adults in Their Environment, Peers in Their Environment, and Pet(s) in Their Environment(s).



1.   Using the subject matter of your choice, go OUTDOORS or near an open window in daylight to shoot 4 examples each of High Viewpoint, Low Viewpoint, and Eye Level Viewpoint, Adults in Their Environment, Peers in Their Environment, and Pet(s) in Their Environment(s). 



You may shoot your pictures in any order.  Check off what you’ve shot in the space below:

_____  _____  _____  _____ High viewpoint

_____  _____  _____  _____ Low Viewpoint

_____  _____  _____  _____ Eye Level

_____  _____  _____  _____ Adults in their environment

_____  _____  _____  _____ Peers in their environment

_____  _____  _____  _____ My pet in its environment




    1.1. In your journal start a new page and title it “Assignment 2 – VIEWPOINT/PEOPLE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT.”    

    1.2. Find and under the heading glue and label 3 black and white or color images of (1) low, (1) high, and (1)eye level viewpoints.

`   1.3. After that, find, glue and label 3 images of people or animals in their environment.


    2.1.  Print your 3 best FULL FRAME shots in terms of composition in black and white: 1 from viewpoint, 1 from people or animals in their environment, 1 from either one of the two categories.

    2.2.  Make a contact sheet using Photoshop in black and white to show Mrs. Proscia for critique.

       2.3.   Using Photoshop pick 1 of your best pictures and change it 3 times using 3 different filters while still maintaining the integrity of the photograph (keep this photo in color).  Print 1 of the altered versions and mount it with an inventory.  Be sure to save all three variations of the original picture for your end of the year web gallery.


        3.1.  Cut or buy 3 11” x 14” mats.

        3.2.  Dry mount the print on 11" x 14" mat board. Sign the work in white pencil/or sharpie on the bottom right hand corner of the mat, just under the photo.

        3.3. Write 3 inventories for the assignment and affix them to the backs of each mounted photograph.

You can link onto the WRITTEN INVENTORY preparation page here.