I have always been fascinated with a certain aerial overhead shot bloggers and Instagrammers often post online. For the longest time, I did not even know how or what it’s called. Aerial view shot? Overhead shot? Bird’s-eye view shot? I call it THE “I-don’t-know-but-I-just-like-that-shot” shot!
After endless googling, reading and researching, I found it! The exact term is, knolling, and I didn’t know.
Knolling is the way of arranging different things, items, gadgets so that they are at 90 degree angles from each other, then snapping a picture of them from above. Knolling creates a look that is very symmetrical and pleasing to the eye and it also allows people to see many objects at once in a single photograph. Most photographs that feature knolling position the objects against a solid background. This makes it easy to see each individual object and allows them to be the most dynamic part of the image.
Enough said, I think I have just sounded too technical back there. More practice shots below.
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