Photography: Shoot Portrait or Landscape?

People often have one doubt when it come to photography is, what mode to use? should I use portrait or landscape mode? Problem is, actually there is no right answer! There are some good portrait pictures taken in landscape mode, and great landscapes taken on portrait mode! Confusing? yes that’s exactly the problem! 😁

For beginners, the portrait mode is when you hold the camera such a way that height is more than the width of you frame, generally pictures of people are taken in this mode (eg. Passport Pictures) and hence called portrait mode. The landscape mode is the one where width is more than the height thus its used mainly for pictures of nature or scenery.

Even though right choice of mode is confusing, its very much important to chose the right format. Whole outcome of the picture can change if you choose the wrong format.

Check the above two pictures, left (landscape) and right (portrait), which one you like more? aaaha, not that fast..! First lets see the objective of the picture, basically its a picture of girl walking in the path and at the far end someone is walking, basically like a girl fallowing a person. With this objective which one is the right format? I don’t know what you think about but I would choose the picture on right, because that picture puts my focus directly on the girl and the person in the end of the path, I am not distracted with anything else. Where as on the image on the left my eyes will roam all over the picture, that is a distraction in photography terms, which we need to eliminate. Hope you get the point.

Now lets check above two pictures, which one look better? For me, the one in the left, because the landscape mode gives me the complete story of the picture. It shows me the path to travel to reach the temple as well as the tree on the left and on the right sides gives the depth to the image (technique called framing), right hand side picture just shows me the temple nothing else.

 

Now, which one? I like the pic on the left the landscape one, because it also gives the appearance of motion to the rocks there. Picture on the right is almost static.

Hope you get the point, again there is no rights and wrongs, just what you want to convey in your pictures. You just need to know about the importance of orientation (portrait or landscape) before you take the shot. Your liking may be completely opposite to mine, and that is ok. That’s why photography is a creative field!

What you think? let me know below

 

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes absolutely. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to photography. Only you should know your equipment well and keep experimenting. With light, exposure & angles.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Pooja for your valuable input… Agree with you. its just about creativity…

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  2. Absolutely true!! Well explained thanks

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you for your feedback and appreciation Tanvir! 👍

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  3. Really nice posts. I prefer all the landscape pics tbh. Seems to give the subject more space and scale. I think it just depends what you are trying to capture.

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    1. Raj says:

      Very true.. I always feel with each picture photographer tries to tell a story.. right orientation helps to do that… Btw thank you for your valuable comment! ✌

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Excellent examples. I agree with your assessment. At least we see alike. 😀

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Cee… great to know! 🤝

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  5. loudlyhushed says:

    Your photography is lovely from both angles!!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you for your lovely feedback! ❤

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  6. shalini says:

    Wow thanks for the impromptu lesson… I am not a great photographer ok ok to tell the truth, I am not a photographer at all… But urs tell a story… Will have to start trying..

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    1. Raj says:

      Its a great pleasure to be a teacher sometimes! 😀 You are a best reviewer… I know that! 🙂

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      1. shalini says:

        Awww…. Raj always a pleasure to msg you… Your support is much appreciated

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      2. Raj says:

        It’s my pleasure too! Thank you for the lovely words!

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  7. Madhuri says:

    You’ve made it so simple. Thank you.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Madhuri for the appreciation! 🙂

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  8. ashutoshrg says:

    As an admirer and learner of photography, it’s a great piece of advice. Your composition is brilliant in the temple’s photo. Loved it. ❤️👌

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Ashutosh… for your appreciative comments.. Its a great feeling!

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