06 June 2012

Landscape or Portrait Format

    Paul Sampi near Lombadina 2006 Nikon 24mm lens

In Landscape format there is generally more space on each side of the subject, or f the subject is located on one side there is a lot of 'story telling' space on one side. It follows that Landscape format is more likely to produce an environmental portrait. In other words the space on each side is part of the narrative.

If you choose a Portrait format it tends to be more of a character study. Space above and below the subject doesn't normally carry as much storytelling information.

When pursuing an environmental portrait wide-angle lenses are often preferred, especially when inside rooms and confined spaces. A wide-angle lens lets the photographer make better use of leading lines and artefacts to build the story.

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