5.2. Orientation


  • You can use vertical or horizontal orientation for your food photos.
  • Vertical orientation is preferred in food photography because you can place more items around your main focal point that will help tell a story and create a path of movement.
  • Horizontal photos might be used in food magazines, cookbooks and website headers.
  • Vertical photos are best for internet, websites, Pinterest and other social media.
  • Depending on how you are going to use your photos you might either choose vertical or horizontal orientation.
  • Make sure that the main subject won't be cut off if you post a picture on Instagram and it will be cropped to a square.


Do you usually shoot vertically or horizontally? Share a horizontal and a vertical photo from the same photoshoot. Which one do you prefer and why? Share in our Facebook group. Ask for feedback if you need it.

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