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2018-06-02 06:17 PM
slimpack Yes, it drives me crazy when watching a video sent to the local tv news show, usually a house fire MVA ... Done in portrait mode the person is wildly swing the phone from side to side trying to catch all the action. When a simple rotation to landscape would catch it all, no swinging side to side.
2018-05-29 07:52 AM
TorontoColin I don't think these people are professional photographers. I'm sure the convenience outweighs the extremely minor risk.
2018-05-23 03:14 PM
reidw I wouldn't trust photos that are more than casual snaps to the "cloud". So many things can go wrong and are out of your control when you do.
2018-05-23 02:51 PM
TorontoColin I'd bet most people there use iCloud or Google Photos and all their photos are automatically backed up for them.
2018-05-21 10:19 AM
ExDilbert I don't know about other people but SLRs are just too expensive and cumbersome for my lack of expertise in photography. I've had it with point and shoot cameras as well. It only takes a couple of years for them to become outdated by cell phone cameras. I could now purchase a low end DSLR for what I paid for my original digital camera and the specs on that are so obsolete I feel like a fool for buying it. The bottom line is that phone cameras are good enough for most people, especially those who would otherwise not own a camera.

It's interesting to note that the opposite portrait vs landscape issue existed with conventional cameras. Inexperienced camera users would take everything in landscape mode, even portraits. I know someone who had that happen with their wedding photos. Now they wish they had hired a professional.
2018-05-21 09:32 AM
reidw @ExDilbert : Yeh I noticed that too and it surprised and pleased me to see just about every person holding their phone in landscape mode. I too have just about had it with TV stations that show phone videos in portrait mode with blurry images on either side just to fill up the screen. The blurry sides distract the viewer from the main centre image. I'd sooner have all black bars on either side so I can concentrate on what's important.

What also saddened me was that there didn't seem to be anyone there with a real camera. Cell phones are Ok for "snaps" and selfies and I use mine for that from time to time. However when I'm travelling and want real pictures to keep I use a proper DLSR (Sony Alpha A77ii) to capture the sights. I'd wager half the people there will never copy their photos to a better medium or storage device and will lose them when they get their next new phone simply because they have no idea how to transfer them or inclination to do so.
2018-05-21 06:35 AM
timlocke If you are making a movie however small for Youtube, that works better in landscape mode as Youtube is landscape.

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2018-05-20 11:58 AM
oldyellr Makes sense if it's something they want to view as a memory later on a big screen, not just something to send to another smartphone.
2018-05-20 10:44 AM
ExDilbert During the royal wedding they briefly showed the crowd taking videos of the procession. Most of them were holding their phones in the landscape orientation. I guess British people get it and North Americans don't.
2018-05-19 04:53 PM
oldyellr So glad I came across this thread because it's been a pet peeve of mine. Back when I was heavily into film photography you could always tell the amateurs because they took all their pictures in landscape mode, no matter how tall and narrow the subject was. But we never saw movies made in portrait mode by turning the camera sideways because you'd then have to turn the screen and projector sideways to watch them.

But nowadays all the great unwashed make vertical videos on their cellphones no matter what then subject. Clearly, they have no artistic sense, or even a clue. Last time I checked my eyes were side by side and I see everything in an oval approximately 16:9. In art and photography the golden ratio is 1:1.618, between 4:3 and 16:9. But smartphone addicts who mostly just communicate with other smartphone addicts see everything in a vertical aspect ratio on their screens. Even when amateur cellphone video clips are shown on TV, they fill the sides of the screen with a fuzzy zoomed image of the same instead of black and don't apologize for the vertical format. I guess it's because everyone now is a self styled videographer with their smartphone.

Another quirk that bugs me is those mirror image selfie videos. I'm sure it's easier to relate to a video while they are making if it looks like a mirror, but it sure looks dumb to others, especially when the subject is wearing clothing with some lettering or logo.

2018-01-25 09:55 AM
17671 I often chromecast now a days so when people send me interesting videos we watch them on the "Big" tv so everybody in my family can watch easily instead of staring at a tiny screen. Back in the day, people sent me videos in the correct aspect ratio with the correct orientation back then, though it was mostly 4x3 back then, but now a days they are sending me 16x9 videos of their kids birthdays and other celebrations and milestones however theyre filming mostly in portrait mode, and when playing back on my big screen tv, they look wack, that or sometimes the video player flips them to landscape and then you have to turn your head sideways to watch it. Shakes my head! anyways I have learned to take 2 videos of everything important, one in proper landscape for me for my needs and one for my "Hipster" wife to use for her social media, and you know whats funny? i saw some of her videos for those silly feeds she likes to take and the apps crop out the videos and make them something like 4x3 or 4x4 resolution anyways so there really is no need for her to film in portrait in the end because the apps they use simply crop them for their own format and leave the ones on your phone in the aspect you recorded it, so all this for nothing, what a waste!
2018-01-25 06:44 AM
JamesK ^^^^
If I receive something via email, it will likely be viewed on my computer.
2018-01-24 09:56 PM
audacity Sometimes it makes sense for the video to be filmed in portrait mode, just like it sometimes makes sense to take a photo in portrait mode.

If the intended viewing audience are using TVs, sure, I get the "always use landscape" advice. But these days it seems that most people consume these videos on their phone, not on a TV or even a laptop.
2018-01-24 04:56 PM
Originally Posted by 57 View Post
Yeah, and it's really difficult to rotate a phone 90 degrees.
Of course not, but if you're watching on your phone, you don't necessarily care either way. And if you don't care which orientation they use when viewing them, why would you care in which orientation they're filmed?
2018-01-24 04:47 PM
Landscape vs portrait

Very frustrating to see portrait videos whenu watching TV news. Much of the view is missed. I honestly feel that some people do not realize they can switech to landscape so easily.
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