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are tilted photos so much "BETTER"

 
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Oct 19, 2012 05:34 as a reply to  @ post 15142033 |  #16

Curtis N wrote in post #15140822 (external link)
Tilting a camera is what untalented photographers do as a substitute for creativity.

Yep, that's my opinion as well.


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Oct 19, 2012 07:22 |  #17

No.


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Oct 19, 2012 07:27 |  #18

Tilted photos help me stretch my neck, so I guess they serve a purpose.


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Oct 19, 2012 09:42 |  #19

imsellingmyfoot wrote in post #15142216 (external link)
Tilted photos help me stretch my neck, so I guess they serve a purpose.

Just make sure they are done in an even number of left to right tilts?

Personally I find they can be highly effective in a number of instances. However, they are often abused and overused. It is like the heart ring on a book effect. It can be well done, but often it is boring, uninteresting, and uninspired.

Much like photography in general. Really guys, people have been capturing light on a photosensitive medium for over 100 years now. You would think one of you copycats would have come up with something more unique than that...


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Oct 19, 2012 12:02 |  #20

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #15142061 (external link)
Yep, that's my opinion as well.

Rather broad indictment. So no talented photographer has ever had a tilted photo that worked? I call BS.


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Oct 19, 2012 12:14 |  #21

^^^That's a really smart quote. :)
Better to quote the original statement instead of me agreeing with it, so that others might understand what exactly you call BS.


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Oct 19, 2012 12:22 |  #22

I think the vintage look is more annoying then a tilted shot. A tilted shot can add a dramatic viewpoint imo. When shooting from ground level up at something I'm always tilting. So no tilting doesnt bother me, what does though is this desaturated look that is in my opinion a plauge upon the industry. To each their own though, so whatever.


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Oct 19, 2012 12:29 as a reply to  @ AltgnJoey's post |  #23
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Let's see some examples...:)

Here is one.

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Oct 19, 2012 12:33 |  #24

Since my first camera (in the early 1980's) I was always told to "hold the camera straight". Even in the most recent photo class this tilting method was not taught. There must be a reason for it never being taught. Who came up with this idea anyway. I think it's a tad bit ridiculous unless you're trying to convey The Joker's hide out in your photos. :)


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Oct 19, 2012 12:40 as a reply to  @ CameraMan's post |  #25

I think it is absolutely fine. We as people don't always walk around with our heads level to the horizon.

I think it absolutely adds value to images. The first example bike pic gives the sense that you're not a spectator but another cyclist looking beside you to see how close you competition is. The tilt simulates your viewing angle if you were to turn your head while you were holding the horns.

I think there are many bad examples of this, however. Probably two fold. One, it's just a bad picture to begin with. Two, Most don't have practice with it.


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Oct 19, 2012 13:16 |  #26

If every photo you take is tilted you might have a creativity problem.

If you can't fathom how it would be possible to create an interesting photo that is tilted, you might have a creativity problem.


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Oct 19, 2012 13:27 |  #27

tkbslc wrote in post #15143606 (external link)
If you can't fathom how it would be possible to create an interesting photo that is tilted, you might have a creativity problem.

It's not a creativity problem if you hold the camera straight your whole life. I was also taught to center your subject but I've learned to love the Rule of Thirds most of the time while at some point centered shots do work at times. But Rule of thirds is much nicer looking.


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Oct 19, 2012 13:31 |  #28

Okay, I'll add one more: If every shot you take adheres to the rule of thirds, you might have a creativity problem.


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Oct 19, 2012 13:38 |  #29

The occasional tilted shot might work. But it is often used as a crutch to make an uninteresting composition or subject interesting. A little bit of salt makes the soup, too much makes brine... There are certain shots where its just silly to tilt. Imagine trying to frame a large wall hanger where it makes the whole room off kilter, or in this case having to sit and look at a wedding album with your head cocked 45 degrees.




  
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Oct 19, 2012 13:42 |  #30

Tilting photos has been around awhile. I am not sure when this photo was taken but my best guess is between 1900 and 1910. Since this is a 45 degree angle shot I think this might have been intended to hang with her verticle making the frame a diamond shape but that is only a guess. It is hard to look at this shot without envisioning it being hung at the same angle. Overall I have seen very few tilted shots that I like.

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