Shot vertically on Apple iPhone XS (video)

Is award-winning photographer Christopher Anderson holding it wrong?

Posted Monday by Apple on YouTube:

Award-winning photographer and photojournalist Christopher Anderson is known for his magnetic portraiture. He strives for emotive and timely elements in his compositions. In this feature, Anderson shows us how to advance beyond technical precision to disrupt the portrait.

My advice: Videos work better when shot horizontally.

See for example: Shot on iPhone: The raucous fringes of RNC 2016


  1. Gianfranco Pedron said:

    He may be holding it wrong but he’s doing it right.

    That’s what artists do. No, that’s what great artists do.

    June 11, 2019
  2. Robert Davison said:

    Ok, so he’s a portrait photographer, he takes portraits and he uses the portrait view when shooting portraits … he uses portrait view in the video to show the way he creates portraits – to emphasize what he sees and how he composes a portrait. Makes sense to me and it works beautifully. This is not a crowd video, not an ‘action’ video, not a ‘news’ video it’s a portrait video of portraits. Got the portrait now? 🙂

    June 11, 2019
  3. victor castroll said:

    my brother-in-law is one of the best fashion print photographers in the world. vertical is certainly a thing for artists. maybe we’re doing it wrong

    June 11, 2019
  4. Jerry W Doyle said:

    I know little about photography but I do know about art, custom framing and using moulding, mats and carved mat boards for popping-out images within the subject presented.

    I watched the video closely and attempted to envision the video if presented in landscape mode. Christopher Anderson uses a Vertical presentation that seems to me elicits a response from the viewer to zero-in on the image presented. That Vertical method brings out the subject better, diminishes possible distractions that exists in a landscape mode, all while compelling the viewer to focus directly on what the photographer is showing us. Anderson literally is custom framing the subject for us. Again, I am a neophyte when it comes to photography; but I do know how to custom frame an image to grab folk attention. That is what Anderson is doing; I believe.

    On another note; the rocket building (or the phallus architectural building) in the background of the video is the Torre Glòries (I believe), formerly known as Torre Agbar. It is a 38-story skyscraper/tower located between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is a very impressive building to go view if you ever are in Barcelona. Most folk who go to Barcelona run to view La Sagrada Familia.

    June 11, 2019
  5. Aaron Belich said:

    All I see is the golden spiral and the rule of thirds being used appropriately.

    June 11, 2019

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