What is your POV?

What is your POV?

A key aspect of taking great photos is finding your point of view. When we talk about a “point of view” in photography, we often abbreviate it, “POV.” In standard photography, finding the POV for a specific photograph often means putting the camera in a new position. Is it beneath your subject, looking up? Is it above? Close to the ground? Directly behind? Looking through an object between you and the subject?

While this was the standard way photographers approached the composition of a photograph, technology always changed the way we could approach POV. Rapid shutters allowed photographers to take a lot of photos at once to try to capture a moment. Auto-focus reduced the need for a photographer to be behind the viewfinder to focus on a subject. For the past ten years or so, we’ve grown accustomed to a new form: mobile phone photography.

In addition to it becoming commonplace for everyone to have a camera with them at all times, mobile phones have liberated us from the ways in which we previously had to hold cameras to capture a POV that was not our own. They can go places a DSLR camera cannot. We can hold them at angles we could not hold a larger camera. Phones have given us more freedom to make ourselves the subject of a photo--they’re small enough that we can point a phone at ourselves; and now, most have a front-facing camera so we can compose the frame and focus of a selfie.

PogoCam is different. In many ways, our small, wearable camera is both a gigantic leap forwards in camera technology and a throwback to a simpler mode of hobby photography.

With PogoCam, we’ve removed the viewfinder completely because your view is the point of view. This means: you don’t get a chance to edit the photo at the moment of capturing it. We’ve become reliant on our ability to reorganize a photograph when we don’t like the way it looks on our phone. We change the angle; we find better light; we have our friends pose in a new way--in other words, we pull ourselves (and our subjects) out of the moment in order to capture it.

Eliminating the moments of reviewing photographs will train you to stay in the experience. You don’t always know what you’re getting in a PogoCam shot—but that’s the beauty of it. In this aspect, PogoCam is like the old film paradigm. You’ll shoot first and review later.

Mounted to your glasses, PogoCam also makes you the subject of your photos. In an excellent overview of point of view photography, the New York Film Academy shows a photo of a newborn holding the finger of someone just out of frame. Describing the picture, they say, “If this photograph was taken from any other perspective, the viewer wouldn’t feel as connected with the subjects in the image.” With PogoCam, you “become the subject” in every photo. You’ll find this gives you new ways to connect with the other subjects of your photographs.

This shouldn’t make you feel limited. PogoCam easily detaches from your glasses and can give you angles for photography that you never anticipated. Like the learning curve we all experienced with mobile phone photography, PogoCam will give you options you hadn’t previously considered. With PogoCam attached to your favorite glasses, it won’t take you long to discover the world from your point of view.

Interested in learning more about point of view photography? Try:

  1. Photography 101: Establishing a Point of View
  2. National Geographic: A Point of View
  3. New York Institute of Photography: How to Find Your Subjects Point of View
  4. Digital Photography School: Finding Fresh Angles to Shoot From

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