Are your pictures extraordinary or bland? If shots look run-of-the-mill, where you stand might be part of the problem. For that matter, why are you standing?

Here are 3 ways changing your position can add photographic punch.

Ruralite Assistant Editor Mike Teegarden helps members (including Christina Sawyer of Mt. Wheeler Power, Nevada) aim for solid shots.

Play in the Dirt

Don’t be afraid to lie down for a more unusual angle. While shooting up at a subject isn’t always flattering, you add a sense of depth by including foreground.

Don’t want to lay on the ground? Try kneeling for a mid-range view. Shooting up from a lower position places silhouettes against the sky, not competing with the line of the horizon.

Step it Up

Want shots to stand out? Climb a ladder or borrow a bucket truck. I bet you know someone who has one.

Aiming from above—even a few feet—flatters subjects and offers a bird’s-eye view of an event. Shooting a crowd? Raise your camera to capture faces, not a mix of crowded shoulders.

Walk it Out

How often do you set people up for a picture, stand centered in front, then click? Switch up the shot by walking back and forth in front of the subject. Shoot from the left, then the right. Look at the background and foreground to spot props that might help or hurt the image.

Angle for Extraordinary

Ordinary angles result in ordinary photos. The closer you are to the action, the more the photos will resound with energy from the people and event.