Why do I tilt my pictures? I get asked this rather often.
Indeed I do this with quite a few of my photos. It often gives a dynamic, artistic feel.
But that is not the only reason I tilt my camera when I take images.
Here’s why I tilt:
- To get more in. This is the most basic: a diagonal is longer. Often it is as simple as that.
- To achieve the rule of thirds. Good composition is essential.
- To simplify (“de-clutter”). Also very important.
- To enable use of primes. In a zoom lens you can zoom – with a prime you can only turn or move back and forth.
- To equalize people: if one person is taller, you tilt to make that person appear the same height as the other person in the picture.
- To be dynamic: diagonals mean dynamic energy!
- To be artistic. Sometimes, I do do it for that reason!
So as you see, there are many reasons, and the art reason is only one of them – and not the most common!