endos wrote in post #18118976
This is a good advice. I like to get things right when I take the shot, and because of this, I hate to crop images in post to reframe them. But on the other hand, I have a problem with leveling the camera and this would allow to rescue some images.
Saying that you want to get it right, compositionally, in camera, in my view, means you've never worked in situation where there is an art director or other supervisor with "their" view.
When I started doing commercial photographer I had cameras that had 2:3, 2:2, 4:5 and 5:7 formats.
The "crop" of camera is an arbitrary and meaningless constraint. There are times I've shot something where I knew that I had to do a three or four image composite to get the panoramic image I wanted. Other times shooting with 2:3 that I knew I would be cropping to 2:2.
With film, art directors generally specified film size based on the size they new the image would be used in print. Then cropping of the image was indicated in a layout based on page size, aspect ration and how the image would be used in the ad or editorial. There was never a view that the camera aspect ratio had any meaning related to the image.
I do know that there is a school of thought that wants to follow the HCB street photography approach of in camera framing. In my view that's a restraint that is more meaningless than meaningful.