Orientation And Why It Makes A Difference To Your Images

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When you are preparing to take a photo, one of the decisions you make is whether or not to use Portrait or Landscape orientation, based on your subject and what you want to include in the final image. As the lens in centrally located on most cameras, this change only affects the height and/or width of the image. But with an iPhone this is different. Because the lens is located in the upper corner of the phone, changing the orientation makes a difference to the position of the lens relative to the subject.  The following examples will illustrate this.


Example 1

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The image above shows the most common position of the phone that I use for my images.  The lens is in the top left corner.


Example 2

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By turning the phone 90 degrees clockwise, the lens is now in the top right corner and sitting higher and to the right of the subject, making the flower less central and slightly angled.


Example 3

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Another turn 90 degrees clockwise and the lens is now in the bottom right corner.


Example 4

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With a final turn clockwise, the lens is now on the bottom left corner. By having the lens almost sitting on the same level as the flower, the foreground becomes much larger.


Notice with each turn of the phone, you can achieve a different perspective.  In each of the examples above, the distance between the phone and the flower did not change. The difference was the angle of the lens relative to the flower.  


Thanks for reading and remember to make everyday beautiful.