Shooting in Portrait for Landscape — Daniel Long Photography

What does Portrait do for Landscape?

Example 1

Compositional Techniques for Use in Portrait Landscape

  • The Rule of Thirds (link to in-depth guide to this technique) — can be extremely useful for dividing the frame in portraiture, moving the horizon from the middle of the frame to the top third or the bottom third can create 2 very distinctive compositions that tell 2 different stories
  • Leading Lines — if the environment has natural lines leading you to a particular subject or feature, when used in combination to the Rule of Thirds above in portrait mode can be a really interesting composition, accentuating the length of the scene
  • S-Curve (link to in-depth guide to this technique) — similar to Leading Lines above, the S-Curve can accentuate the length of the frame in portrait perspective, both techniques are used to bring the audience into the picture
  • Frame within a Frame (link to in-depth guide to this technique) — this technique in portrait perspective evokes the idea of a door, instead of a window like in landscape perspective, giving the idea of leading to something
  • Negative Space — this technique lends itself better to portrait perspective than to landscape perspective, allowing you to isolate a subject in a landscape and use the sky as a negative space (especially on a cloudless day)

Example 2

Thinking outside the box

Example 3


Written by Daniel Long



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