Shooting Landscapes in Portrait Orientation

January 10, 2011 · 2 comments

in Photoshop,Scapes,Travel,Tutorials

Traditionally, we shoot landscapes with the camera horizontal, in landscape orientation, and portraits with the camera vertically, in portrait orientation. I wonder if whoever named these orientations “Landscape” and “Portrait” knew how they would limit photographers’ perceptions of changing the position of the camera…?

Do yourself a favour, and next time you shoot a pretty landscape, seascape, cityscape or sunset, TURN THE CAMERA!

This works especially well when there is a dramatic sky, beautiful cloud formations, or star trails, because so much more of the sky becomes part of the photograph.

With large dominant skies, I vignette my images in post-production as this frames them well.

Because we are throwing traditional compositional rules on its head by turning the camera vertically for a landscape, make a metal note to pay special attention to the Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines.

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wayne davidsont January 12, 2011 at 8:45 am

Thanks for the awesome photos, just a pity we didn’t have enough time to do that shoot you wanted to, but I am sure we will see you again for that.

Your work something different and I have always been a great fan. You got some serious skills!!!

rikki hibbert January 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks Wayne! Pity the weather didn’t play along, I had such cool ideas for the shoot :-( I will come down to Cape Town again soon, and will let you know so we can arrange the shoot in advance, and let’s hope that this time we have great weather!!

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