O'Reilly logo

The Enthusiast's Guide to iPhone Photography by Seán Duggan

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

14. VERTICAL, HORIZONTAL, OR SQUARE?

image

ONE OF THE first compositional decisions to make when taking a photo is which basic format, or aspect ratio, to use for the shot. The two primary choices are horizontal and vertical. Many camera apps also offer a choice of other aspect ratios, with the most common additional format being a square. As you’re composing the scene, let the subject matter and contents of the scene be your guide (Figure 14.1). In most cases you will have a pretty good sense of which format will work best. When in doubt, you can always shoot it in different ways and then decide later which shot you like best.

Shooting Horizontal

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required