Horizontal And Virtical View
As we know, our eyes are set horizontally across from each other, this gives our human being a wider view instead of taller, and also allows us to be more aware of the environment through peripheral vision. Taking this into consideration our cameras are made to take horizontal photographs are wider than they are tall. So vertical photographs are photos that are taller than they are wide, this is how they are designed to take one type of pictures, horizontally, it follows the way that we human beings see the world. But in photographs our vision is limited by the edges of the frame so that the peripheral vision is eliminated. While in real life this can be dangerous having no peripheral vision in photography helps the photographer to focus attention on the intended subject by limiting the field of vision. Since a picture cannot selectively focus once taken, just like the brain can selectively focus on a live scene, this limitation of the field of the vision is specially important to people who take photos. You can just turn a camera sideways to achieve a vertical photograph in order to further limit the field of vision.
Horizontal photographs are the mostly used photographic style because the camera sideways to take pictures this way. Many people don’t tend to turn their cameras sideways to take a vertical image. Horizontal images are roughly the same format as how we see the world and have some distinct properties.
There are reasons for us to take advantage of the horizontal images: when your subject is wider than it is tall, a horizontal image compliments the subject. Or when your subject is moving from one side of the frame to the other, using a horizontal format in conjunction with the rule of thirds can allow the subject room to continue moving. This will amplify the sense of motion in the image. This is also true of subjects looking to the side. Having open space to the side allows the subject’s gaze to continue further than is possible in a vertical image. There is another feature about horizontal framing, they are used to suggest a sense of largeness in landscapes, when you place a small subject in a large field they can also be used to suggest loneliness.
The vertical style is less commonly used than horizontal pattern, one of the reason is it requires photographers to take extra step of turning the camera sideways. Many people do not think to turn the camera sideways. The vertical images are a photographers’ way of attempted to imitate the brain’s natural selective focus ability.
There are also advantages about vertically shooting too. When your subject goes taller than wide then you better use the vertical way of filming, this can better show the subject. Similarly as the horizontal images, your subject my move up and down, then a vertical format in conjunction with the rule of thirds visually allow the subject room to continue moving. This will go well with the sense of motion in the image. This is also true of subjects looking to up or down.
Using the vertical way of taking photos can focus a viewer’s attention on a single subject by removing almost all sense of peripheral vision. This is the theory behind portraits and other single-object compositions and can be combined with either the rule of thirds or centering to intensify impact.
When a subject moves deeper into an image or moves towards the camera that this appears like “up or down” movement when converted into a 2D photo, that is the reason why many headlines images work well as vertical images.