This diagram shows the ultimate solution to the horizontal vs. vertical shooting debate

May 11, 2019

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This diagram shows the ultimate solution to the horizontal vs. vertical shooting debate

May 11, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Vertical videos seem to be the future, whether we like it or not. It all started with Instagram and Snapchat, and even Arri and Samsung have joined the trend. However, the arguments against it are still strong and the debate between vertical and horizontal video seems never-ending at this point. But, a brilliant comic from xkcd seems to have the ultimate solution!

Sure, you can shoot horizontal, it’s a tradition and why would we change something that’s worked for so many decades. On the other hand, trends are changing, the world is changing, shouldn’t we adapt to the change? No matter which stance you take, you’ll annoy someone. Well, xkcd suggests that maybe we should shoot diagonal. Could it be “a good compromise?” I don’t know, but I bet that it would be “equally annoying to all viewers.”

[via xkcd]

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20 responses to “This diagram shows the ultimate solution to the horizontal vs. vertical shooting debate”

  1. Tom Connor Avatar
    Tom Connor

    Reasons why video should only be landscape…
    1. Our vision is landscape.
    Simple as.

    1. aleroe Avatar
      aleroe

      Absolutely. We have two eyes and they’re arranged horizontally. so our field of view is wider than it is tall.

    2. Alexander DiMauro Avatar
      Alexander DiMauro

      Tell that to Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, and all these platforms that are, for the most part, phone-only. They are the reason that vertical video is now a ‘thing’. Even without the apps, everyone takes videos vertically with their phones. I try to incorporate BTS video from clients sometimes, but no matter how many times I say ‘shoot it horizontal’, 9 times out of 10 it’s always vertical. That’s just the way people hold their phones. Vertical video is here to stay, unfortunately.

  2. Brandon Mendoza Avatar
    Brandon Mendoza

    If I’m posting on IG, then vertical is fine. But any other platform like YT or FB, horizontal all the way.

  3. Peggy Jones Pfister Avatar
    Peggy Jones Pfister

    Looks normal to old people? WTH???

    1. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      My HS graduation pictures were vertical. I’m 50 years old. So, yeah, no.

  4. David Ludwig Avatar
    David Ludwig

    Televisions are still landscape. Vertical video on a tv is a waste of so many pixels

    1. David Ludwig Avatar
      David Ludwig

      Jason Teale Yeah. Not common in living rooms yet.

  5. Cindy Wood Avatar
    Cindy Wood

    I call BS on “It looks normal” to old people. Shoot however you want.

  6. Don Smith Avatar
    Don Smith

    Horizontal. TVs, monitors, all horizontal.

  7. James Baker Avatar
    James Baker

    Is ‘vertical’ shooting actually a real thing ? ?

    1. Alexander DiMauro Avatar
      Alexander DiMauro

      Yes, thanks to Instagram, Snapchat and whatever other apps are all for the most part phone-only.

  8. Robert Lenski Avatar
    Robert Lenski

    A horizon of endless possibilities left, right, North, South, East and West.
    “Ugh, I’m turning my phone sideways!”

  9. Jyi Offer Avatar
    Jyi Offer

    I don’t care how you shoot, just don’t put a stupid border on it with a text caption so it ends up square… no matter which way you turn your phone it’s NEVER full screen
    Does my head in ?

  10. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
    Chainsaw Charlie

    Most normal people DOESN’T shoot and watch video in vertical orientation. You are free to accept vertical videos as normal, but it doesn’t mean that it’s normal, and that we will accept it too.

  11. Joost Avatar
    Joost

    I actually like what VICE did, (IG) video starts in square (different discussion? feels same as vertical) and directs you to turn your phone to horizontal. If you like the content enough, you will.

  12. Bertram Plischke Avatar
    Bertram Plischke

    Susi, du bist ja eher der schräge Typ oder? ?

  13. Cheryl Avatar
    Cheryl

    Watching vertical videos drives me nuts (and I’m not old). Our eyes are designed to see horizontally and watching a vertical video makes me feel like there’s a bunch of image I’m not seeing.

  14. Alexander DiMauro Avatar
    Alexander DiMauro

    It’s annoying that vertical videos are forced on you thanks to Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok and whatever other apps are, for the most part, phone-only. And it’s not going away. If I want to drive people from Instagram to my latest YouTube video, I need two versions, both horizontal and vertical. Yes, you can post horizontal videos in Instagram’s feed, but try it in stories or IGTV and it looks awful.