A lot of folks are making videos and taking photos now on smartphones. Personally I love having a camera in my pocket. And I love seeing all the things that otherwise would have gone uncaptured.
But there’s one thing that bugs me, and probably some other people too. A lot of times cell phone videos (and pictures) are taken vertically, instead of horizontally. This has been called Vertical Video Syndrome.
The reason this happens is pretty simple. Cameras on phones are made to fill up the screen. If you hold it vertically, it will take a vertical shot. Since most of the time you hold the phone this way for other uses, you might be tempted to use the camera the same direction. The problem is, while this is convenient to fit in the palm of your hand, it’s not facing the right way for a good video. If you rotate the phone to be horizontal, it makes the picture look correct. You’ll capture a much wider view of the subject, and not so much sky and ground. While it’s more trouble to turn the phone over, it will help a lot of folks see what you’re looking at. See the photos below. (Note that once you’ve started filming a vertical video, it can’t be fixed by rotating. Start a new one.)
For years people have filmed with cameras that go the “normal” way. And pictures always came out fine - if you occasionally wanted a tall photo, you turned the camera sideways. Now unfortunately we get tall photos when we hold it in the “normal” direction. That can be OK on a photo - but nobody likes a vertical video.
You can defeat the system! Don’t give in to Vertical Video Syndrome. Prove that you’re smarter than those kids on Facebook.
(This has been a Public Service Announcement.)