Take Two, They're Free!

Making both horizontal and vertical images of any subject you stop to photograph is one of the easiest ways to improve your pictures and add variety to your collection of favorites. The vast majority of our photographs are horizontal because that's the most comfortable way to hold the camera.

But rotating the camera 90 degrees to vertical creates a different feeling about your subject. The horizontal version of the ferris wheel emphasizes its circular shape while the vertical shot makes the ferris wheel seem taller.

Sometimes you will need to adjust your composition or even your location slightly in order to create a satisfactory vertical version. In these pictures of Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park, I liked the foreground logs. But I had to move to the right so the log worked effectively in the vertical image.

When is the best time to take a vertical photo? . . . right after you shoot a horizontal!

To learn this and other techniques to strengthen your compositions, check out my Better Photo Composition class beginning February 1, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register online.