Landscape versus Portrait Orientation in Wildlife Photography

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Last week we had a look at subject separation so for this week’s composition tip I thought we’d back it up a touch and look at framing your wildlife images and when to decide whether to photographic a subject with either a landscape or portrait orientation.

When we look at an image we read it in a very similar way that we read a book but in an image you, as the photographer, can decide where the energy in the frames moves from side to side or up and down.

Sounds strange?

Check out this short video in which I share some examples which should make it a lot more clear.

 Makes sense don’t you think?

Here is one of the examples I used in the video.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography

In the image above it’s quite obvious that the visual energy in the frame is up and down.

Compare this now to the image below which is meant to be ‘read’ from side to side.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography

In the same way in which the orientation you decide to use when clicking the shutter will affect your images,  cropping during post processing will also assist you in strengthening your images by enhancing the way your viewer’s ‘read’ your stories.

Have a great weekend and we’ll look at another composition video tip next week Friday!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt 

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