Scenic Outlook – Go Portrait

When it comes to landscape photography it may seem perfectly logical that you should keep your camera in a horizontal/landscape position, usually we are confronted by sweeping vistas and sometimes even the widest of lenses just doesn’t seem to be enough to fit it all in. However, turning your camera to a vertical/portrait position can be equally rewarding and in fact may help to improve your pictures in certain situations.

The strength of any picture will always be partly down to how you choose to compose the frame. I always take a few moments to have a good look at what’s in front of me, deciding what elements are available to help draw the viewers eye through the scene. Take a look at the picture below.

It was a very peaceful morning, the light was nice, the tide was out, but there was very little in the way of  interesting objects that could’ve given me something solid to focus on. After initially taking a low position and framing my camera in a horizontal format, I decided that the most interesting feature were ripples in the sand. Having set up the camera and got ready with my remote shutter release I took my first shot, but after I reviewed it on the LCD I felt that the impact of the foreground was somehow diminished by the horizontal framing, so I chose to move the camera to a vertical/portrait position. Having the edges of the frame closer together forces your eye to really concentrate on the ripples. I also made sure to have the sand going diagonally through the frame so they would naturally draw your eye from bottom to top.

Sometimes though, taking pictures in both landscape and portrait formats can be equally pleasing, as found in these two pictures of the same location.

A horizontal format seemed to be a natural choice for this scene but the vertical version below works just as well, if not better.

Being a location situated high up in the mountains, choosing to frame in a portrait format has allowed me to give a greater sense of height while keep the two most important elements within the frame.

So when out in the landscape, don’t forget to go portrait.

Based on the south coast of England UK, I love to photograph landscapes and nature. In addition to this, over the past two to three years I’ve become fascinated with Urban Exploration and dereliction.

I’ve always had a passion for creating art, studying art and design during my school years and spending much of my time watercolour painting. After a brief love affair with playing rock guitar, photography was to be the next step in my creative life and I haven’t stopped since.

My photography has always been a continuous journey, constantly trying to gather as much information as I can to help push my photography to new levels and explore new avenues of creativity.
I love sharing the things I have learned and over the past few years
I have been an active committee member of a local camera club, giving occasional tutorials on photo skills and basic Photoshop techniques. I am also the proud winner of ‘The Portman cup’ for ‘Best Image of 2010′ at the Sussex Photographic federation’s Projected Digital Image competition.

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