Do you like to shoot photos vertically or rather horizontally? My initial preference was to shoot landscape or horizontal photos. But for some strange reason I find my photos shot vertically sells better than those done horizontally.
As an example, this was the latest sale. Yes done vertically. Compared this to the horizontal layout.
I noticed a few things on a recent photo shoot. When the camera is tilted sideways, the actual colors captured, as seen through the viewfinder, is much closer to what my eyes see. When done horizontally, the colors are a bit more muted and more post-processing needs to be done.
When taken vertically, more of the top view or the lower frame is captured, giving it a "tall" impression. Also I think the camera sensors measure the brighter light source (usually the top frame) and the darker ground areas, compensate the contrast and somehow capture the best combination. There is less light contrast for a horizontal picture.
That said, I think the key difference is composition. Enrique wrote an excellent blog article on composition a while back. Top 10 Composition Tips
. Since there is a cropping effect for vertical pictures on the horizon areas, I find myself taking more time in composing the picture. Maybe that make the difference too.
Consider this also, magazines and newspapers are done in vertical format. More incentive to do vertical photos. Who knows I may just stumble upon one of the tiff pictures, especially this flowers picture.
So, what is your preference? Horizontal or vertical?