Photography 101: Water

Photography 101: Water

For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you?

Tip: Ever wonder whether a photograph will work better horizontally or vertically? It’s a great question to ask when looking through your viewfinder! Humans have binocular vision — which means we have two eyes, adjacent to one another — and naturally scan a scene along a horizontal, rather than vertical, plane.

After you snap your picture, rotate your camera and take a second shot from the other orientation — horizontally if you first took the picture vertically, and vice versa. If you’re aiming for an establishing shot, what orientation works better? How does a vertical shot affect your scene? Which version do you prefer?


Petone Beach



Same place – Petone Beach

Calm and peaceful


Which one do you think is the best?

Horizontal or Vertical?

Calm and peaceful water

Lake Taopo


Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres (238 sq mi), it is thelargest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania afterLake Murray (Papua New Guinea).


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16 responses to “Photography 101: Water”

  1. The Horizontal no doubt gives a greater scope of coverage and the focus spread across.. I prefer the vertical more for the lone plant, standing across the backdrop of the lake, maybe the cropping of the plant was intentional.. but does not lose the impact… The last one.. can only say, no comments.. 🙂


  2. all your pics are swell. i actually prefer the vertical image. something about the plant/tree creates a great perspective in the image. but my visual skills are truly limited!


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