Photo and film tips:
Horizontal – Landscape
Not Vertical / Portrait
Taking a photo or video with your phone resting in one hand upright may be easier to hold, but here’s why it’s not the best way and what to do about it.
Six good “G Design Plus” reasons why
OK, so you need a good holiday photo or film clip of your holiday and convince your lovable but crazy and gullible friend, who has no balance control whatsoever, to ski for the first time.
Though your laughter you try to steady the shot as they make the most hilarious body twists and contortions, one leg high in the air, spinning around until finally wiping out into a heap on the snow.
However, after taking the camera away from view you now see that all your other friends have been bought down in the process too. Unfortunately you filmed the whole event in portrait view, so you have 1/3 of the shot as sky, 1/3 of space between your feet and your friend and 1/3 of the shot of them. It still looks good, but could have been a whole lot better.
6 things that you will miss out on, or, may have problems with afterwards and how to improve them.
1. If you had filmed or taken a photo in landscape you would have caught all of the peripheral action that you could keep or crop. You might also be able to cut 2 or 3 pictures from that one?
2. In portrait you have only a limited option to center the top and bottom of your friend or scenery, but in landscape you would be able to center it to show your friend and include the action of the poor victim(s) that have been wiped out to the left or right.
3. You can crop the photo of course but you will lose maybe 2/3 of the size of the image.
4. Those Instagram collages you see in peoples galleries that have one photo divided into 3, 6 or 9 images, well that’s not really going to happen using a portrait photo. Landscape view will do the job nicely.
5. A portrait image won’t fit into the banner size of a Facebook. You could maybe use an app to get that out of focus boarder look I suppose? Yawn…. If you want a video film banner, then that will be a no-go from the start.
6. Let’s face it, widescreen, as with TV and cinema just looks better, no film maker worth their salts would ever shoot a movie in portrait view, and nor should you.
Now for 10 quick photography tips:
Making a list of all you will need before the shoot will help you with packing everything ..Battery (charged), lens cleaner…. Appropriate and additional clothing and footwear for all conditions etc.
Planning like a Pro:
Check the weather conditions, daylight times.. Here’s a good app than can help http://www.photoephemeris.com/
The most steady of hands can find it difficult to keep a camera still especially in windy conditions and on unsteady ground, so a tripod is a must-have.
For a quick photo moment you could also use a mono-pole, or a Wall, Rock, Tree, etc. Anything to give you stability.
After a Sunset it’s worth hanging around to get some amazing light, also known as the “golden hour” and “blue hour’.
Great for getting the full landscape, beach, hillside etc . For phones there are very good clip accessories available now.
Use the timer to stop camera shake and the movement by your finger when pressing the button, especially when using the zoom.
Directing the eye:
Using lead-in lines to draw the viewer through them to create dynamic landscape images.
Find a strong linear element, maybe a road, bridge, wall or rocks. Position one of the elements so it begins at the bottom third of the frame, then compose the view so that the lines aim towards the focal point.
Clouds are good:
On overcast days you can get a full days light of some great moody images. If the sun does break through there’s a chance of more heavenly views.
Clouds are great also for reflecting light to make a colorful sunrise and sunset.
You can get very creative with using reflections of symmetry when taking a photo from the side of a wide river or lake. Position the camera to view where the water and land meet across the center of the frame, the reflection will then cover half the shot as a mirror image.
Zoom in and fill the frame:
Leaving too much empty space around a scene can make your subject look much smaller and be confusing as to what part of the picture should be focused on. Zooming in or physically move closer to the subject to fill the frame to avoid this problem.
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