portrait and landscape

 

Most hand-held cameras are built 'landscape': that is, if you hold them in the way that is most comfortable and natural, they give you a picture in a horizontal format, and if you want a picture in 'portrait' (vertical) format you have to turn them on their side.

 

 

 

Often, though, the two different orientations will give a completely different interpretation of the same subject. And, of course, most publications favour portrait: picture libraries often sell two portrait-format pictures for every landscape format. But the internet favours landscape...

 

Chateau, Loches

 

 

 

 

 

This is a module about using the two orientations creatively -- with more than a nod, too, to the square format, and a certain amount about formats and cropping. Fourteen illustrations, eight mono, one hand-coloured, five colour.

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