All photographers have the option to capture images either horizontally or vertically, depending on how they orient their camera.

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When it comes to photographing real estate photography, filling the frame economically with the proper information is always a concern.  Every space is unique and demands difference attention to details.  What we include can be just as important as what we keep out of the frame.  By positioning our camera either horizontally or vertically, not only can we broaden our options, but it can also help compliment the space.  The majority of our photographs are made horizontally, though there are occasions when we need to make them vertical.  Below are a few examples where a vertical shot was necessary.

Example #1

  • This a church that I photographed this year. On the left is the horizontal image and on the right is the vertical image. I was facing two issues that influenced me to try both horizontal and vertical shots. The first issue was traffic and cars. Many of our clients prefer cars to be out of photographs, since they tend to compete with the main subject. The second issue was the building’s vertical proportions.  The green steeple pushed the height of the church up and I was limited on how far back I could get due to busy traffic behind the camera. By making a vertical shot here, not only was it easier to include the whole building into the frame, but it complements the architecture. I was also able to avoid including the surrounding vehicles, which fully directs our attention to the church.

Example #2

  • Bathrooms are more commonly photographed vertically than any other room. They are typically small, thus offering top to bottom vertical lines that tend to compliment the vertical orientation well. One fixture in bathrooms that many of our clients dislike including are toilets. Because a vertical shot gains space vertically and reduces it horizontally, it’s often easier to leave out the toilet with a vertical shot. In addition, it will help highlight the floor, and bathrooms sometimes have tile worth showcasing.

Example #3

  • Front facades that provide entrance to city condos are often tough to capture horizontally. Typically, they are close to the road and elevated above ground level. Shooting such exteriors vertically, will get more of the building into the frame, without having to go across the street where cars could create a problem. In addition, these kinds of buildings often fill the frame with strong vertical lines that compliment the vertical orientation.

Vertical shots are not often the best option but it is important to understand when a vertical shot is needed. I hope this guide helps you recognize when to consider this option.