Learning Photography is one never ending, tiring, difficult yet very interesting process. There is not any simple concept that we learn once and feel accomplished. Instead more we learn more we want to learn cause it just so captivating to not to find something extra to dive into.
Here we have one exact such topic i.e. How to choose Landscape vs Portrait frame orientation while clicking photos. Best part of this it does not require any expertise about Photo composition or DSLRs. All needed is the knowledge of two axis along which photo should be framed. Even if you are Mobile Photographer you can find it relate able.
Let’s take example of my below images..
Did you notice some difference in both the images… we are going to understand the same below….
So let’s get started:
1. What is Landscape vs Portrait Frame Orientation?
When we frame our photo along X axis i.e. Horizontal Line then its called landscape orientation. And if it’s along the Y axis i.e. Vertical line then Portrait Orientation. Its basically the same way we decide which orientation to choose while taking any print outs (did you expect photography concept to be similar to any of other daily task..i bet not)
Isn’t it simple to know the difference…
2. When to select one or the other
This is one of the most basic decisions to make while photographing. And to choose either one all we have is the scene selected to click, all the objects it has and most visually appealing things of the scene.
If the scene you want to click is a) wider than taller, it can also be stated as when b) it has more width than depth.
Then use Landscape orientation.
This will give the photo much required width to look at our object. In case of clicking nature, using landscape mode will allow you to let go of much of redundant skyline because it will not add anything more interesting to the scene (until and unless that’s the only thing you are focusing).
And when someone will look at it their eyes will automatically move along those linear eye catching objects. So they will think of the photo to be interesting one.
And if by chance the scene you want to click is a) taller than wider or b) it has more depth than width.
To understand it better read and imagine below paragraph carefully…
our desired frame is not to be viewed by moving our eyes right – left but rather we are moving eyes up – down straight in front of us to view our desired scene to be clicked.
did you get that.. not yet… not worries i have the solution…pay attention to info-graphic image at your side…
Here Portrait orientation will be more effective.
And what it will do to our photo…..This will give the photo the height it required to let all needed details remain in the frame.
In case of selecting Portrait mode we have to be careful enough to not to let any necessary detail go out of frame, due to which Photo might not convey our point of view accurately to the viewer.
When we are clicking any object with good height, as I gave example above, using portrait mode will help us in narrowing down to the exact object we are clicking and important aspect it has above/below it.
3. How to Practice both orientation?
a. It’s pretty easy and simple to practice Landscape orientation. Just keep looking at the scene the way you do and find all visually appealing things to be added to your frame, fix your focus point and go for the click. Keep doing it till you master this imaginative way to get perfect click.
b. Other than that you can use your camera’s view finder to figure out what all will be in your frame in case you click then and there, and will it convey exactly what you are thinking right now. If not just move along your focus point and get the desired framing and click.
Its bit tricky and require lots of practice to learn this way of framing.
Why is that let me explain that too for you…
Did you ever notice most of our day to day usage things, like TV, Laptop, Desktop and even cameras are made suitable for landscape orientation? Any idea why…???
The reason is… our eyes. Most natural way for us to look at things is horizontally. Due to which most of the electronic equipment are built to make it easy for us to view things on those.
That’s the reason Landscape orientation is normal than Portrait. And which is why Portrait framing is a bit more difficult to practice than Landscape.
Still it can be done. For that just start observing the scene vertically than horizontally. And follow all steps I mentioned above for Landscape. It will take some time to get accustomed but eventually it will worth all hard work.
Most basic still most prominent thing to learn to improve your photography. And if you master it there is very rare chance you’d go wrong with the framing of you scene, objects, focus points. And people going to love your pictures because you loved clicking them.
Lastly my all-time mantra.. Practice… Practice… Practice… nothing else can turn you into a better Photographer than practicing. Even if it does not now it will eventually. Besides this never underestimate your not so good clicks because they still help you in getting one step ahead of getting better click tomorrow.
That’s for today my fellow Photographers…. one interesting topic will be up soon.
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