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Camera Orientation Tip

Camera Orientation is a simple Landscape Photography Tip that can make your photos awesome!

There are many rules in photography and especially for landscape photography. It is always good to learn these rules and know when to bend or break them as needed. In this article I am going to show you one very simple yet powerful rule called Camera Orientation. In our upcoming Fall Outdoor Photography Class I will discuss more of theses rules and techniques. There are only five more spots left for this workshop. Register today to secure your spot!

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What is Camera Orientation?

We can use the camera in Landscape mode (holding camera horizontal) or Portrait mode (holding camera vertical). Each mode has a different effect on our pictures and our subject. In the pictures below it’s easy to see how camera orientation can affect the look of the image.

Camera Orientation

Same subject as blow image and this time I used Landscape mode for Camera Orientation. It is easy to see how it changed the result

Camera Orientation

In this photo I used Portrait Mode. Totally two different photos from the same subject!

How do you select Camera Orientation?

There are several rules for selecting the Camera Orientation. In this article I cover one of the basic ones. It is called Balance. Balance in selecting camera orientation means to understand the theme, texture or main subject of the scene and select camera orientation accordingly. In the picture below almost all the elements in the scene are vertical and I chose Portrait mode.

Fall Images

All the elements in this photo are vertical, so I selected the portrait mode.

In this photo the subject is horizontal, so I selected Landscape mode for camera orientation.

Camera Orientation

The subject is horizontal, so I selected the Landscape mode.

Do you always have to apply the Balance Rule?

Absolutely not. All composition rules are flexible, which means you can bend or even break them to create your own vision. Here is an example. In this setting of vertical elements I chose the landscape orientation to allow me to include more of the scene.

camera Orientation

Breaking the composition Balance rule to create my own vision of covering more of the scene

I will cover more of theses rules in our Fall Outdoor Photography Class. Please visit our Upcoming Classes page for more information. As always stay tuned for more tips on digital photography!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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