Image Orientation

In photography, orientation refers to the way you take and display your photographs.  Most novice photographers rarely consider taking photographs in the vertical position.  It is the general tendency of most people to use horizontal framing.  A good photographer will consider both orientations when taking photographs.

When composing a frame, usually one orientation will have a more definite positive ‘feel’.  The best way to find out which position is a better capture is to try the camera in both positions before you click the shutter button.  Sometimes you will find that having vertical subjects in the horizontal frame just does not work visually.  If this is the case, try repositioning the camera for a vertical shot and decide if that will create a better capture.  On the other hand, there are times when having multiple vertical subjects in a horizontal frame definitely creates the stronger composition.  This is something that you as a photographer will want to explore and experiment with.

While you should always consider your orientation when shooting, you can also play around with changing the orientation afterwards in post-processing.  Do not let your photographs be defined by the default way that you hold your camera.  Make orientation a conscious part of your photo-making process.  Before you press the shutter, think about whether the orientation you are using is the best for the subject you have chosen.  Do not fall into the trap of thinking all landscape shots must be horizontal or that all portrait shots must be vertical.  The more thought you give to your image beforehand, the better our final photograph will be.


 

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About Ms. R.

Danielle Rochford has been a certified teacher for over 15 years, practicing her craft with middle school students in British Columbia, Canada. She is also a self-taught landscape photographer and founder of D-Roc Photography and Design.

She has spent the past five years teaching online in such areas as English, Math, and Photography. She hopes to continue sharing her expertise with others now on Udemy. Danielle encourages her students to be interactive and provides many opportunities for discussion and feedback.

In her spare time, she loves to travel and enjoy the solitude of nature. You will often find her traveling through Jasper, AB on a photography adventure.

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