ted @ndes PRO 8:09pm, 9 September 2008
When I was sorting through my photostream recently, I noticed that I have a strong preference for creating vertical compositions (portrait). I'm curious if anyone else has noticed that they have a strong preference for composing in one orientation over another.

I probably shoot 75% vertical, 24% horizontal (and 1% of the time I find it "hip-to-be-square"). I usually compose in both orientations, but I find myself keeping the vertical most of the time.

So what's your orientation? Do you tend to shoot...

Vertical (Landscape), Horizontal (Portrait), or Square?
I shoot based on the way I want a particular photo to appear in the frame. I never even stop to think if it is horizontal or vertical. I suppose there may be subliminal preferences but it is most defiantly not a conscious decision for me.
gigantic rock [deleted] 10 years ago
^^Yeah same. Although sometimes I do force myself to shoot vertical, just to see what it's going to look like, knowing all the while that horizontal is the best.

I do have a predilection for shooting square though. Using 6x6 cameras means that I don't need to worry about vertical/horizontal, but composing in square brings in all sorts of of other compositional issues.
The Pixel Hoarder 10 years ago
I agree with Raddad, I shoot with respect to the image or composition of the image in my head. Landscapes are composed 90% horizontal. Portraits are mostly composed vertical. However id it is a group or more that one I will go with a horizontal portrait.

All others are subject to my interpretation of what I think it will look best. That being said, I will shoot an image in both formats.
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groovy eye [deleted] 10 years ago
I mostly shoot in horizontal mode. Mostly because this orientation reminds me of movies, which I'm a big fan of. I would like my photos to look like movie stills.

Plus, I find shooting in horizontal mode a lot more comfortable than in vertical mode. ;-)
agnisflugen Posted 10 years ago. Edited by agnisflugen (member) 10 years ago
bi-curious....oh wait, that's not the kind of orientation you were talking about....how embarrassing...... moving right along here......after scrolling thru my photostream, i noticed when i first started taking pictures, i was mostly shooting in horizontal mode..but as i've progressed, i've started experimenting with portrait......and then recently i became hooked on panoramic, so i'm back onto horizontals again...i reckon you could say i go thru phases...
The Pixel Hoarder 10 years ago
Nice Duck... I guess that would be a former Rubber Duck, turned Leather Duck...
agnisflugen, you don't have to shoot horizontal for a pano shot. Try shooting 3 on 3 on 3 and stitching, or some other similar configuration. It can open up a whole new way to look at panos.
pass_lake PRO 10 years ago
For a shot that I care about, I try to take one of each. If I am just hacking around, I shoot mostly horizontal.
agnisflugen 10 years ago
rather than always creating horizontal shots,....i did try experimenting with a panoramic shot of the tree in my front yard, ..but it came out all weird....the top was warped and stuff..i just started learning about this technique, all i've used so far is the software my canon camera came with...but i've read some people are using a free software called "autostitch"? i think, that's why it's called...it's friday and my brain is fried...anyways...i think if i could get a better stitching program i would be able to release my creative inner self and go hog wild on the pano's.....

for kirk: yes, my duck is very flexible....she likes rubber and leather....and chains and whips....she don't discreminate....there is no shame in her game....hahahaha..i don't know what that means. i'm a dork. nevermind.
anrialedou 10 years ago
I am an equal opportunity shooter, though I think I tend to be landscape more than portrait or square. My favorite images tend to be square or square-ish though.
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