I think one of the most common photography “crimes” is taking the majority of photos in the landscape orientation – you know, holding our cameras the normal horizontal way. I realized that I needed to start turning my camera when I started printing out my photos for framing. There are all these cute collages that are half-done because I don’t have any pictures in the portrait orientation!

So, I’ve started turning my camera 90 degrees before I click the shutter. I’ve been very happy with the results so far – my pictures take on a whole different look when they are vertical instead of horizontal.

Here is an example:

landscape

This picture is really nice, but it doesn’t (to me) have the same impact as the picture below.

portrait

The longer reflection from the sun is much more dramatic.

This isn’t always the case – lots of times a landscape orientation will be the better option. It’s all about experimenting. In fact, that is this week’s fun assignment! Try taking a picture with the landscape orientation, and then turn the camera 90 degrees. See which one you like the most! Then upload them to the flickr group I set up so we can all give advice and compliments. And the best part is that my three favorites will win a box of HP Advanced Photo Paper, each with special access to Disney’s Print Magic on Disney.com!

If you don’t have a flickr account, just link to your photos in the comments.

Have fun everyone! I’m really excited to see what you all come up with!

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