When you first get your camera it’s tempting to just hold it in a landscape format as that’s what feels the most comfortable, but for certain subjects, such as portraits, you’re going to get much more impact by just turning the camera on its side.
Larger cameras will have two shutter buttons, one on the top and one on the side, so you don’t need to put your hand into any weird positions to press the shutter.
Battery grips are also available for many of the smaller cameras which will give you all the same functionality as if your camera was held horizontally – as well as the bonus of the extra power of another battery.
It’s not just portraits that will benefit from being shot in portrait.
Putting your camera in a portrait orientation allows you to get much closer when you’re shooting rectangular shaped products, such as bottles, and allows you to use much more of your sensor, avoiding having larger unused white patches down the side of your subject.
If you’re shooting landscapes and your camera spends much of its time on a tripod, then a great little time-saving purchase is an L bracket.
It fits onto your camera exactly the same as a normal tripod plate and gives you the option to flip your camera on its side when you need it.
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That’s it for today, check back tomorrow to see how the different times of day can totally change what you may be photographing.