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    What is a photograph taken from above called?

    Is there a certain word for it?

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    Re: What is a photograph taken from above called?

    Not a teacher, not a native!


    How about bird's-eye shot?

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    Re: What is a photograph taken from above called?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    "Top view" maybe.

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    Re: What is a photograph taken from above called?

    It depends exactly what you mean by "from above."

    "Aerial view" is a possibility.

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    Re: What is a photograph taken from above called?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlAlawi View Post
    Is there a certain word for it?
    I would go with "aerial".

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    Re: What is a photograph taken from above called?

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    "Top view" maybe.
    This one doesn't work. A 'top view' is sometimes used in instruction manuals ("top view of the television"), but I haven't seen it in other contexts.

    'Aerial photograph' is a strong collocation. Here are the top 10 in BNC:

    1 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS 57
    2 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY 48
    3 AERIAL VIEW 29
    4 AERIAL BOMBARDMENT 19
    5 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH 13
    6 AERIAL DEVICES 11
    7 AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE 10
    8 AERIAL ATTACK 9
    9 AERIAL SURVEY 8
    10 AERIAL DISPLAY 7
    ... [total: 495 for 'aerial' followed by a noun]
    So if you read 'aerial' the odds are shorter than 5:1 that the next word will be one of photograph, photography, and photographs.
    Cotinuing with the racing odds theme, these 'also ran':
    25 AERIAL PHOTOS 4
    26 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER 4
    27 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS 4
    28 ...
    29 AERIAL PHOTO 3
    ...
    So the odds are well under 4:1 for 'aerial' + 'photo[*]'

    (See more here.)

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