Horizontal or vertical?

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by vonnagy, Jun 25, 2004.

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How do you frame your photos?

  1. I do the horizontal mambo all the time!

    16.7%
  2. Slightly more horizontal

    25.0%
  3. half n half

    29.2%
  4. Slightly more vertical

    8.3%
  5. I do the vertical salsa, baby

    8.3%
  6. All my pictures are crooked......

    12.5%
  1. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    Just wondering if you have a preference how to frame your photos. Ya, i know it depends on the situation, but I just noticed that an exceedingly large proportion of my pics where taken horizontally. I wonder what Freud what say :scratch:
     
  2. StvShoop

    StvShoop TPF Noob!

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    cameras are made to be more comfortable to shoot horizontal. it's a strain on the hands to hold it sideways.
    we've always walked in flat-ish planes, the sky up and the earth down. it makes sense that cameras are made to fit comfortably into that accustomation.
    it would be cool if they would make (digital) cameras so you could change the proportion, wider and shorter, or taller even.
     
  3. drlynn

    drlynn TPF Noob!

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    I frame most of my shots both ways, to see what looks better. Vertical gives a scene a completely different perspective, and a lot of times can pull an interesting shot from a less than exciting scene.
     
  4. oriecat

    oriecat work in progress

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    Where's the option for "I don't know, I don't pay attention. The camera goes where the camera wills." :)
     
  5. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    My favorite is the square.
     
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    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    While, i don't think digi cams can quite do all that yet, i have noticed several models that seem to be designed to be held comfortably both vertically and horizontally, even to the point of having two shutter release buttons.
     
  7. i like yoda

    i like yoda TPF Noob!

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    I tend to be more horizontal because I like to include more of the surroundings. Also, the sky isn't very interesting, in my humble opinion. That is, unless you want to establish the height of a building by including fog at the top surrounding the top or somethig of that nature
     
  8. ZacKrohn

    ZacKrohn TPF Noob!

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    I like horizontal..because its more comfortable and for the most part I dont need vertical. If I'm shooting something tall or something that needs to be vertical I do but other then that...
     
  9. photogoddess

    photogoddess TPF Noob!

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    Slightly more horizontal for me although it really depends on the subject matter. ;)
     
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    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    Slightly more vertical here. Probably because i like shooting people at the moment
     
  11. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    The majority of mine are vertical, for the same reason. Though a good number of my landscapes are vertical, also.
     
  12. malachite

    malachite Heavily Medicated For Your Protection

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    I attended a few workshops years ago, put on by professional stock photographers and they would pound the vertical idea into your head. Horizontal images make OK inset pictures for magazines but there are almost no horizontal magazine covers and that's where the money is. Vertical just pays more. Here's my back-up Nikon body. I had this and a few other reminders on the back of the rest of the cameras I used to use.

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    I just shoot for fun nowadays and my preference is about a 50/50 vertical/horizontal but I keep that on there to remind myself to try something different with everything I look at.
     

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