Portrait Vs Landscape, This is a question which comes to a photographer’s mind while shooting. It has left me confused in many situations. Should I shoot in Landscape Mode or go for Portrait mode. The answer to this question is quite simple. It is actually the photographer who decides whether to compose the picture in Landscape mode or portrait mode. Let us see, how shooting in different modes can affect the perspective of an image.
What is Portrait Mode/Orientation?
In simple words, if the height of the image is more than the width of the image then we will refer to it as a Portrait mode shot.
A 6×4 image (Height x Width) image is an example of a Portrait mode shot. The height to width ratio is referred to as the Aspect ratio of the image.
Mobile phones and Magazines come in portrait orientation. The user can change the orientation to Landscape mode in mobile phones for viewing images shot in landscape mode.
There are hard and fast rules in photography that a Landscape image must be taken in Landscape orientation. You can do Landscape photography on mobile or DSLR/mirrorless camera in Portrait mode also.
The picture above shows an example of a Portrait mode shot in an aspect ratio of 3:2.
What is Landscape Mode/Orientation?
If the width of the image is more than the height of the image then we will refer to it as a Landscape mode shot.
A 2×3 image (Height x Width) is an example of an image in Landscape mode.
By default, all cameras come in Landscape mode. If you look at the TV or computer then the display comes in Landscape orientation.
The picture above shows an example of a Landscape mode shot.
Portrait Vs Landscape- In which Orientation to shoot?
If you are shooting for a cover page of magazines or for mobile wallpaper then you should shoot in Portrait mode. You can also shoot in landscape mode and later crop the image in post-processing software to convert it into portrait mode.
But this will reduce the image resolution as you are chopping away the sides of the image. Sometimes, you may not be able to crop it properly with proper composition since you have already composed the shot for landscape view. I have done this mistake during my initials photography days.
If you are shooting to print and frame images on walls then you can choose either of the two modes. Shooting in Landscape orientation is good for keeping wallpapers on your computer.
There are no hard and fast rules like you should shoot in Portrait mode for portraitures and Landscape mode for Landscape photography. You can choose any orientation. The selection of orientation is fully dependant on Image composition.
Now, let us have a look at the pictures given below for better clarity in Portrait Vs Landscape modes in photography. Which one do you think is better?
The first image is the actual shot taken in Landscape mode with a 2:3 aspect ratio.
The second picture in portrait mode is actually a cropped version of the first image in 3:2 aspect ratio. In the first image, we can see lots of negative space on the left side of the image. This kind of image is good for designers who want to make brochures and flyers.
The negative space will help to add text and other contents for designing. More bird details are visible on the second picture, cropped in portrait mode. The negative space is removed over here.
In the first image, the bird was occupying less than 40 percent of the image area, whereas in the second image it is occupying more than 70 percent of the image area. So, more details are visible in the portrait mode shot.
So, both the orientations have got their own advantages as well as disadvantages.
Now you can see, as we change the orientation, we are seeing a great difference in the content itself. So, when making a selection between Portrait vs Landscape, the final decision is based on what we want to do with the captured image.
Nowadays, more than 70 percent of people use mobile phones for viewing images and for checking and updating their social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Since the mobile displays are in portrait mode orientation by default, your image will be occupying more than 70 percent of the display when you post a picture shot in portrait mode. The image shot in Landscape mode will occupy less than 50 percent of the display unless the user rotates the screen and enable the landscape orientation view. So, compose and shoot in Portrait modes to attract more fan followers to your social media accounts.
Don’t wait, Start shooting the same scene in both the modes. See the difference between “Portrait vs Landscape”.
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