The Top Down Photo


Ever wonder how to take that birds eye view photo?

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I know I sure did. Something about scrolling through Instagram and seeing this type of view always invited me into the scene. I was captivated by this, and it left me asking- What the whaaaat?? How do I take my love for shooting from above to a whole other level?

How’d they do that??

With a little digging around, I have found a method that works best (and is most convenient) for me.  If you know already, then it will be no surprise how simple this is to accomplish.

What you need: Cardboard and Painters Tape.






Next, I careful secure the little cardboard holder on the ceiling above.



App that I use to set up the timer is Photo Timer+. There are a variety of apps to choose from, this one was pretty straight forward. I set the initial countdown from 15 seconds. This gives me enough time to place the iPhone in my little holder, get down and into position. Then, I have the intervals set at every 3 seconds. The App has a countdown feature, so you don’t have to try and guess when the next frame is being taken.





Expect the first couple of images to be of you getting nestled in to your spot. Here is what the first image will sometimes look like.



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What I love most about this set-up is that it allows me to document my little everyday world. Whether I’m working, cooking, folding laundry or chilling with the kitties.





That’s it. That’s how I do it.

While some might used a tripod, or have someone stand above them, and even more interesting, I’ve seen them tape their DSLR’s to the ceiling (I am no where near that brave!) I love this simple technique as it requires minimal set-up and I can do this extremely quickly when I’m home alone.

I look forward to seeing your birds eye view images, be sure to tag me, I would love to see a slice of your world.


D xo