Obtaining Horizontal Pictures

Square photos are so balanced that it is very comfortable and delighted to look at, therefore, it is necessary to be able to shoot horizontally.

I like to use 120 cameras, in which 6×6 films are filled so that photos developed are in square shapes. For compositions in square, the advantage is that you do not have to decide whether to take the photo horizontally or vertically before you shoot. For 35 mm cameras, sometimes you just take 2 pictures, one horizontally and one vertically, just to save us time and to avoid delaying and missing a chance to take great photos.

When I look at all the square photos on my desk, exposure is not a problem. But the fact that they are not exactly horizontal affects the quality of the photos. That is such a pity! Square photo is so balanced that it is very comfortable and delighted to look at, therefore, it is necessary to be able to shoot horizontally. When I am taking those photos, I really seriously tried to be horizontal, though usually couldn’t get that. After thinking a lot, I finally came up with a trick. Using Lubitel 166+ as an example, it will become very easy to be horizontal with your compositions. I will share it with you in the following.

Step 1: take off the viewfinder
Step 2: on the frame of the viewfinder, from the bottom to top, marks every 5mm.
Step 3: depends on whether you want it, from the top to bottom, marks similarly as the previous step.
Step 4: when you shoot, match the horizon with the first pair of marks on both left and right. Or, you can choose to match with the second or third pair of marks.

Pictures are paralleled with the horizons.

Horizons are not very obvious in the photos:

Pictures are tilted intentionally to create the sense of motion:

written by hwangcharngan on 2011-08-30 in #gear #tipster #squared-composition #camera-modification #horizontal-line #select-what-this-tipster-is-about #6x6-films #camera #lubitel-166 #select-type-of-tipster #120mm-cameras
translated by kcmuguet

More Interesting Articles

  • My Pinhole F Cardboard Camera Inspired By the Diana F+ Camera

    written by raypg on 2014-09-05 in #lifestyle
    My Pinhole F Cardboard Camera Inspired By the Diana F+ Camera

    I love the different styles of cameras that Lomography has, but I also like to create my own cardboard cameras that use pinholes to be able to take pictures using traditional film. This time I created the Pinhole F, a camera inspired by the Diana F+ and shoots 12 pinhole photos using 120 film.

    3
  • My Year in Analogue: A Very Lomo 2014

    written by guanatos on 2014-12-09 in #lifestyle
    My Year in Analogue: A Very Lomo 2014

    Life is made of memories and when you are able to freeze those moments into photos, those are the memories that truly last a lifetime.

  • 18 Brilliant Belair X 6-12 Shots In 6x9 Format

    written by shhquiet on 2015-03-13 in #gear
    18 Brilliant Belair X 6-12 Shots In 6x9 Format

    The Belair X 6-12 is not an ordinary medium format camera. Besides classic square shots, it's also capable of shooting outstanding photos in 6x9 format! Have a look at some stunning examples below.

    6
  • Shop News

    110 Experiment Kit

    110 Experiment Kit

    With this bundle, you can choose a camera, film and accessories to spice up your 110 shooting experience!

  • Twosday Tuesday: A Stroll and A Spin

    written by cheeo on 2014-07-22 in #lifestyle
    Twosday Tuesday: A Stroll and A Spin

    Here at Lomography, we always like looking at the creative and random photos submitted by our community members. And, amusingly, we find that there are a lot of snapshots that bear a striking resemblance to one another – be it in the way they were composed or in idea – even though they were taken in different parts of the globe!

    1
  • Twosday Tuesday: Forever Two Wheels

    written by cheeo on 2014-07-01 in #lifestyle
    Twosday Tuesday: Forever Two Wheels

    Here at Lomography, we always like looking at the creative and random photos submitted by our community members. And, amusingly, we find that there are a lot of snapshots that bear a striking resemblance to one another – be it in the way they were composed or in idea – even though they were taken in different parts of the globe!

  • Twosday Tuesday: Mirror, Mirror

    written by cheeo on 2014-08-26 in #lifestyle
    Twosday Tuesday: Mirror, Mirror

    Here at Lomography, we always like looking at the creative and random photos submitted by our community members. And, amusingly, we find that there are a lot of snapshots that bear a striking resemblance to one another – be it in the way they were composed or in idea – even though they were taken in different parts of the globe!

  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Twosday Tuesday: Keep Quiet At All Times

    written by cheeo on 2014-08-12 in #lifestyle
    Twosday Tuesday: Keep Quiet At All Times

    Here at Lomography, we always like looking at the creative and random photos submitted by our community members. And, amusingly, we find that there are a lot of snapshots that bear a striking resemblance to one another – be it in the way they were composed or in idea – even though they were taken in different parts of the globe!

  • Twosday Tuesday: Eyes to the Sky

    written by cheeo on 2014-07-08 in #lifestyle
    Twosday Tuesday: Eyes to the Sky

    Here at Lomography, we always like looking at the creative and random photos submitted by our community members. And, amusingly, we find that there are a lot of snapshots that bear a striking resemblance to one another – be it in the way they were composed or in idea – even though they were taken in different parts of the globe!

    1
  • Twosday Tuesday: Umbrella Days

    written by cheeo on 2014-07-15 in #lifestyle
    Twosday Tuesday: Umbrella Days

    Here at Lomography, we always like looking at the creative and random photos submitted by our community members. And, amusingly, we find that there are a lot of snapshots that bear a striking resemblance to one another – be it in the way they were composed or in idea – even though they were taken in different parts of the globe!

    2
  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • The LomoChrome Purple and How Its Colors Convinced Me in the End

    written by pearlgirl77 on 2014-07-29 in #reviews
    The LomoChrome Purple and How Its Colors Convinced Me in the End

    I wasn't very impressed when the LomoChrome Purple was first released. At least not so much that I wanted to get my hands on it at once. Of course I liked some pictures but eventually, I wanted to test it and what can I say? It was love at first sight!

    8
  • Lomography at Photo Plus Expo NYC 2014!

    written by mindofmyra on 2014-09-10 in #events
    Lomography at Photo Plus Expo NYC 2014!

    Lomography is very happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year's Photo Plus Expo at the Javitt’s Center in NYC!

  • Lomography at Photo Plus Exhibit

    written by mindofmyra on 2014-10-14 in #events
    Lomography at Photo Plus Exhibit

    Lomography is very happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year's Photo Plus Expo at the Javit’s Center in NYC!