Landscape or Portrait~

Experiments in Composition

When you’re out photographing, especially if your photographing a popular and often photographed location, try experimenting with composition.

I different point of view can mean the difference between just another photo like all the rest, or a truly unique image.

11 thoughts on “Photography 101: Experiment With Composition.

  1. Great photos, Jeff. I just started learning to use digital camera, also still learning to use composition, hope to learn from you through this site 🙂

  2. I see what you did here, two diff views of the same place to show how compostion makes a difference. Nice idea, will have to try it next time I am somewhere memorable. Lovely waterfall shot.

    1. Thank you. From early on I’ve always taken a lot of portrait oriented landscape photos. It was my way of being different since most people automatically default to horizontally composed photos when shoot landscapes. I’ve heard the question(can’t remember where), “When is the best time to take a vertical photograph?” the answer being, “Right after the horizontal one.” For me it’s often the opposite, with the vertical composition coming first and the horizontal coming second. Sometimes almost as an afterthought.

      1. I struggled with portrait shots of landscapes esp with my tripod but now I have my new Acratech ball head and the L bracket for my 7D I expect it to be MUCH easier to do them now 🙂

        1. I find certain subjects are naturals for portrait oriented compositions. Tall and narrow waterfalls for instance. Others you just have to take a chance, and with an L bracket it is so much easier to just flip the camera on it’s side to see how it looks.

  3. This is a great idea. My default has always been a landscape view but I can see how the portrait view enhances the effect of the photo. Something I am going to try to do more now. Thanks for the learning. Beautiful photography.

    1. Thank you. That is almost everyones default when it comes to landscape photos. You should definitely try it. I’ve found there are elements to almost every scene that lend themselves to a vertical composition.

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