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Dutch Angle Photography

What is Dutch Angle?

Dutch Angle is a technique used in photography to create or convey dramatic effects or portray a psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed.  Dutch angle is accomplished by simply tilting the camera so the horizon is at an angle to the bottom of the frame of the shot.

In this first example the Dutch Angle is slight but enough to give a different artistic perspective vs. the straight on shot so commonly used.

Dutch Angle used in Photography

Dutch Angle used in Photography

This next shot is more severe in the angle but depending on your taste it may be too much.

Dutch Angle shot in Kenya

Dutch Angle

Finally this last shot has a very deliberate purpose to the Dutch Angle.  By tilting the camera during the shot I am putting the child at a closer horizontal angle to the adult giving the perspective of the adult and child at the same level vs. the adult looking down on the child. Also, using the dutch angle allows more of the subject to be in the frame, especially when considering the different heights of the people.

Dutch Angle Photo

Dutch Angle with adult and child.

Dutch Angle on Grainy's

Dutch Angle Provides Unique Perspective

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8 Responses to “Dutch Angle Photography”

  1. Thank you for the information.
    I heard about this term in a comment than someone did about my photography and I did a search on Google and found your information.
    I had done Dutch tilt for years without knowing it was called this way, hahaha.
    Thank you.

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