This week I looked into framing a photograph correctly to the particular subject that I’m studying. Landscape photographs are a wide shot and is best used with subjects such as mountain ranges. Also, if you want to take in a complete scene and not unintentionally crop an important item of that scene it is very useful. I looked at a couple of websites to further my education in the subject and I came across a useful resource with an article called, “When to shoot in Landscape or Portrait Mode”, which David Peterson wrote. David explained in clearly and concisely terms how a landscape photograph is effective for certain shots.
Portrait photographs differ from landscape as they have a narrow frame that usually is better used when taking a large single object such as a skyscraper or if you want to have a deeper spatial perspective for your subject.
I have included my examples below of how portrait and landscape photos are effective when used correctly.
I took a sculpture as my subject to show portrait works better than landscape in some circumstances. In the landscape photograph it is clearly seen that there’s no clear subject as the landscape has brought two bikes into the frame and that can confuse the viewer. I then took a photograph using portrait framing and the subject can clearly be seen by the viewer. I didn’t want to photograph the sculpture in the middle of the frame so I thought about the rule of thirds and placed it to the side as placing it in the middle tends to bore the viewer. The portrait photograph for the subject in my opinion is a lot more effective in capturing the sculpture where we can isolate the subject and draw the viewer’s attention to it.
I decided to take a different subject to convey the advantages of using landscape framing compared to portrait. My subjects were an old and new structure. The old structure was a boundary wall and the new structure was a weir for a stream. The two structures are beside each other so it made framing the scene a lot easier.
When I took the portrait photograph it cropped most of the weir out of the frame so the subject is not clearly defined. All the viewer can see is the wall and some metal railings. When the viewer realizes the subject is “Old and New Structures”, they can see that the image is a poor representation of the subject.A landscape view gives the subject and the complete scene becomes more clearly defined than the restriction the portrait view had given it disappears. The weir can and the wall are both included in the shot and the subject is an accurate reflection of the photograph.