People perceive person differently when filmed from different angles.
When someone looks at us from above, we feel as if we are in the position of a child. The person appears dominant, and we become submissive. For example, on television, leaders are filmed from a low angle to emphasize their power.
On the contrary, when filmed from a high angle, the object is compressed and appears smaller. When TV operators wants to diminish someone, they film them from above.
Research shows that optimal camera perspective to increase person’s height is 9-12° below eye level. Perception worsens with lower angle.
the audience could feel looked down at by the leader, which might trigger adverse sentiments1
The effect of the angle occurs less in women than in men. Shooting at eye level or slightly below is better choice for women.
When shooting, look straight into the camera.
If you want to show your mood more exactly then refer to these values:
|-40…-19||Strong, Bold, Aggressive|
|-18…-9||Intelligent, Interesting, Sociable|
|0||Attractive, Influential, Likable|
|9…18||Competent, Persuasive, Submissive|
|19…40||Weak, Scared, Passive|