Bird's-Eye/Overhead View

Bird's-Eye View is referred to as a view from where the person's perspective is that of a bird or any above head suspended object. This is usually shot directly over head. This technique was around since classical times, and last flourished in the 19th century, when prints shot with this technique were highly popular in the US and Europe. With the development of both aircrafts as well as the introduction of sky scrapers and high scaffolding, bird's-eye view shots have become more popular as well as accessible. The actual technique has many different names. For instance, if shot at an extreme height, it is referred to as an Aerial View. However, if the shot is only a few feet off of the ground, it is called an Overhead View. These are both considered Bird's-Eye Views. Some photo examples of both can be found below.

Aerial View:
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Overhead View:
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This technique can be used in many ways. For one, It can be used in a transition to set the scene. It can also be used when shooting this way makes it easier to see what the subject is doing. It is often used in the creation of floor plans, blue prints, and maps. A satellite image would be considered bird's-eye-view and is much more easily accessible now.

Works Cited/Further Reading
"Bird's-eye View." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 27 Aug. 2011. <'s-eye_view>.