Shooting Landscapes as Portraits

Posted by: In: In-Camera, Just Chat, Techniques 28 Jan 2013 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,



It’s funny how sometimes you might think that a landscape should be treated with a camera in actual landscape format. However sometimes it works really well to rotate the camera through 90 degrees and try it that way.

As can be seen with the images to the right, such a wide-angled view of the world allows for interesting creative possibilities. It really allows you to generate foreground, middle-ground and background interest – forcing the viewer to “read” up through your picture.

Whilst ploughing through my 52 I have really discovered that a portrait orientation for my camera can really generate some striking images.

So what are you looking for when creating a landscape image in a portrait format? It’s all about “interest” in the three main areas of the image. Dividing the image very roughly into thirds is a general rule that applies moreso in this instance.

Foreground interest is an important detail that many images lack. If I look at the slideshow to the right, I prefer the images that have a degree of foreground detail. Middle-ground is usually obvious. Something in the middle-distance that is of interest to the viewer. Finally, consider your background. Is the sky flat & grey, or are there some fluffy clouds there to add that last sprinkling of detail to your image?

Lastly, when thinking about having a sharp image right through the scene, you need to think about where to focus. My post on Hyperfocal Distance explains how you can get nearly all the scene in focus if you have the settings in your camera set right. Needless to say, this technique works best with wide angled lenses and also works well if you can get down low.

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