Shoot in Landscape and Portrait Orientation

April 23, 2014  •  2 Comments

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A quick word on composition

When it comes to composition, some scenes play out naturally in landscape orientation, for example... well... landscapes.  Other scenes play out naturally in portrait orientation, like (you guessed it) portraits of people.

I know, I know... this is pretty basic stuff.  That's not why you're here.

One of my goals a few weeks ago was to intentionally look for scenes that I could compose as both landscapes and portraits.

The reason?  With increasingly digital media consumption, images that work well on a computer screen (i.e. landscape orientation) do not fit well on mobile devices like tablets and phones (i.e. portrait orientation) and vice versa.  The picture above looks great on my laptop, but becomes uncomfortably small on my phone.  The picture below fills the screen on my phone much better, but leaves a lot of real estate open to the left and right sides of my computer screen.

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Waterfalls along the Virgin River in Zion National Park (30 second exposure with 9-Stop ND filter)

Technically, I could have captured just one image and then cropped it as needed, but that would have cut off half of my photo and dramatically changed the composition (if I could find a crop that would work at all.)  Instead, I have two full resolution images to use.

By intentionally seeing and capturing both orientations within the same scene, I came home with both options to use depending on what the situation (or screen) calls for.  It may seem like a little thing, but keeping that in mind as you set up your composition will help improve your results.

 

Thanks for looking,

Adam@LiC


Comments

Adam Hoskinson | Landscape and Travel Photographer
Thanks, Dan! It's always great to walk away from a single scene with two unique shots.
Dan(non-registered)
They are totally different shots. Great example of how every decision influences the shot
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