Only Vertical Will Do: Vertical Landscape Photography Tips

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When Only a Portrait will do

While most landscapes can be photographed in either vertical or horizontal camera position, I’m finding more and more instances where a vertically composed photo is really the only option for making the most compelling photograph.

This article isn’t supposed to be about waterfalls, however waterfalls are a subject that I find are often best captured with a vertical composition. Sliver Cascade, shown above, is very tall and very narrow. So narrow that a person could easily stand with one foot on either side of the falls. Besides height, what makes this a vertical-only waterfall, in my opinion, is the surrounding forest. It’s thick, dense and mostly evergreen. So even at the peak of autumn foliage, the forest on either side of the falls adds nothing to the scene. Also, if I were to try to use an ultra-wide angle lens in order to include the entire height of the falls in a horizontal composition the falls would be very small and almost lost in the photo.

Morning Light At Portland Head

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