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    Question Tilting?

    How often do you tilt your cam when taking pictures?

    And when should we tilt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pooQy View Post
    How often do you tilt your cam when taking pictures?

    And when should we tilt?
    Hi Poo,

    There's no rules about tilting your camera. I normally tilt when I think that it will add to the image e.g leading lines to the subjects or conveying movement. Images like landscape, the horizon should be straight so tilting is not advisable. Of course there are always exceptional cases. Also tilting is like adding spices to the soup. 1 or 2 to add flavour but if you have too many images of the same tilt, it will become boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooQy View Post
    How often do you tilt your cam when taking pictures?

    And when should we tilt?
    Tilting was introduced by a famous female photographer because she could not get the empire state building into a picture "straight". So she had to tilt to get it all in.

    Tilting *can* help emphasize a pic... Or it can make it look like rubbish. Experience will tell you which is which
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    Default Re: Tilting?

    vertical line convey strength,
    horizontal line convey tranquillity, stable

    diagonal line convey imbalance, movement..

    so you can use the lines to convey the message in your photos.
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    There are plenty of creativity to shoot off axis or intentionally slant the horizon depending on what the photog is trying to communicate, and thus it can be a creative addition to drawing positive attention - it will be up to the audience to judge the success / failure.

    However there are certain genres such as wide panoramic landscapes that many would still prefer the traditional leveling , and even a little slant by a degree or two can be a biting eye sore.

    Subjectivity although often mentioned, should not be an excuse for carelessness.

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    Depending on the content. For example, in events it may not be possible to think, plan and decide which angle to tilt ALL The Time. By the time you decide, the moment is gone and will never come back. A lot of time, base on developed personal style and perhaps gut feel.

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    Thanks all for your valuable input
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    Default Re: Tilting?

    I tilt because my lens is not wide enought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    I tilt because my lens is not wide enought
    ... which is exactly how the whole tilting thing started.
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    Like the pic below, I tilted it becos of the leading white line, to the subject. Placement of him in a "straight" composition might not be very much interesting.



    For a bigger view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigel_4...86025/sizes/l/
    Last edited by nigel84; 13th April 2009 at 03:02 PM.
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    Originally posted by Rashkae
    "Tilting was introduced by a famous female photographer because she could not get the empire state building into a picture "straight". So she had to tilt to get it all in.

    Tilting *can* help emphasize a pic... Or it can make it look like rubbish. Experience will tell you which is which"

    seriously ? who is the photographer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefen View Post
    seriously ? who is the photographer?
    I believe it was Margaret Bourke-White. Here's a sample of her style:

    (as seen on the Gallery M website)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pooQy View Post
    How often do you tilt your cam when taking pictures?

    And when should we tilt?
    i think, deliberately, i have tilted camera twice in three years

    if the tilt works when added, then i tilt, 90% of the time it will not, for the subjects i shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Tilting was introduced by a famous female photographer because she could not get the empire state building into a picture "straight". So she had to tilt to get it all in.

    wow, cool..

    Never knew

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