Habits as we all know can be good or bad. If you stop for coffee every day at the same place that’s fine, if you make a habit of dropping litter that’s not so good.
Here’s a good habit that I picked up some time ago. I always try to shoot every picture twice, once in landscape format and once in portrait format, it’s a thing that I started when working for newspapers and magazines. Rarely on an assignment for a publication do you have any idea of what the final layout will be, maybe there will be an advert on the page or another story or picture. It’s really helpful to the layout department if they have some flexibility and giving them both horizontal and upright photographs helps them a lot. I have never met a page designer yet who doesn’t appreciate this little bit of help.
The two pictures above were taken as part of the Spitalfields series. I was photographing shutters on houses in Wilkes Street when I got a glimpse of the side of this house in Princelet Street, I was attracted by the colour and the architecture of this 1700’s house. Standing opposite the house, facing it full on I was drawn by its straightforward, bold look, it would be a simple photograph to take. The composition however left me in a quandary, upright or landscape ? The habit kicked in and as usual I shot both ways to edit on the Mac later.
Normally, when I compare the photographs on a big screen one leaps out however I have to admit in this case it’s a lots more difficult. Some days I like the upright which I think shows an elegance and another day the landscape which to me tells more of a ‘street’ view. It’s your work, it’s your decision.
Technical info: Nikon D80 camera, handheld, with a f2.8 24mm lens. The shutter speed was 1/200th of a second with an aperture of f2.8. The ISO was 200. Post processing was done in Photoshop.