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Landscape vs Portrait
Old 06-24-2011, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is an informal survey to all of the members here on Garage Glamour who do headshots or even an accidental headshot from time to time.

Whenever I intend to do headshots (ie: I have someone paying for headshots to be used in a portfolio or to secure an acting, musical, theatrical, etc. position) I rotate my camera 90 degrees by virtue of the vertical grip and this generally is the way I do all of my fashion/glamour photography, with my camera rotated 90 degrees.

The other way of getting headshots is to do a photograph in landscape mode and crop the image to headshot format in your editing program. With the 8, 10, 12, 16, 21 and higher mega-pixel cameras on the market today getting a quality headshot from a crop shouldn't be a problem bu I wonder how many photographers do this and what the drawbacks might be.

Come on all; let's cowboy up. Here is a chance to share your experience and knowledge with the rest of us so don't be shy. Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks.
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Re: Landscape vs Portrait
Old 06-25-2011, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually shoot the image as I envision the final version. For head shots, it is usually portrait.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I do headshots in the portrait orientation, rotating the camera into the appropriate position on the tripod.
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Re: Landscape vs Portrait
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For headshots and portraits I do it vertically. I want to maximize the available pixels without having to worry about losing any. Now mind you I don't have one of the newer models of camera as I shoot with a 20D and it is, I believe, an 8 megapixel sensor. So I don't have the benefit of being able to throw away information if shooting horizontally.

I also tend to shoot by hand as Manfrotto does not (for reasons that escape me) make an "L" head bracket. So if I have the camera on the tripod the camera is canted over by 90 degrees to the side of the head. With the weight of the body, grip and big lenses I need to really reef on the handle of the ballhead to keep the setup from slipping by gravity. Plus with that configuration there's a greater possiblility of the whole thing tipping over.

Oh I know that there are other ballhead manufacturers who do have L brackets but I've already invested in the tripod and head and don't see going new to *just* have the option of mounting the camera vertically directly over the tripod.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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In that case I just naturally frame and shoot vertically. I tend to shoot vertically most of the time anyway. Just a natural form I shoot at especially shooting posed people.
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Head shots I shoot vertically. I usually try to crop in camera anyway.
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Well i thing Land scape stands as the best option for taking pictures because most of the photo stands available support land scape pictures....
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