You may not realize it from looking at my pictures, here, but I often have an alternate version of the same subject.
I often shoot both a vertical and a horizontal version.
In my mind, one version is usually my first choice, and the other is my second choice. I make the one I prefer, first. Then – if time and conditions allow – I flip the orientation ninety degrees, make minor recomposing adjustments as necessary, and shoot it again.
If I prefer one version, and shoot it first, then why do I bother to make the second version?
I do it because I can never know what publishers, and various other clients who license stock, will need for their end uses. Someone might want a picture for a vertically oriented magazine, or for a horizontally oriented coffee table book. Or perhaps an interpretive panel at a park, or billboard, or – who knows? Even for my own private use, it’s hard to predict what the future may hold. Maybe I’ll need a particular shape to fit into a display. Or, perhaps I’ll want to put a picture on a mug, or t-shirt, or whatever else. Further, I can’t predict how developing technologies, such as laptop computers or iPads, will affect market preference for a specific orientation. So, when I can, I cover my bases – just in case.
This quick post is just a little tip that you might want to consider shooting both vertical and horizontal versions, when you can. Especially if you may have professional aspirations.
Courthouse Towers, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
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