Dutch Angle Verses Traditional Framing In Wedding Photography

Dutch Angle Verses Traditional Framing In Wedding Photography


The framing of subjects dates back to portrait painting. So therefore when we think of photography we think of the traditional frame. That is that the camera frame is positioned level to the ground and or the subject. How ever as photography developed some began to experiment with tilted frames and so the Dutch angle was born.

In film making the Dutch angle began to be used, especially in horror films, as the Dutch angle creates a sense that something is not quite right, which is off course hugely important for a horror film. The Dutch angle can also be used in film making to help create a sense of motion or to speed up motion as the mind must work harder to follow the subject, which makes the subject seem like it is moving faster in ones mind. A good example of this is when the children are running in the alleyway in the Danny Boyle film Slum Dog Millionaire.


The Dutch angle is also very use full when the subject or subjects due to their relationship with each other create a line that means in order to frame them correctly in a traditional sense, one must tilt the camera, thereby creating a Dutch angle in relation to the backdrop on which they are positioned. Below are two photographs with entirely different framing. The one on the left demonstrates traditional framing, where the frame is level with the backdrop (the car) and therefore also the ground. Where as the photographs on the right has been frames to keep the subjects (the bride and groom) level with the frame, creating a Dutch angle to the backdrop.


As a wedding photographer myself I often do both shots so that the bride and groom can pick which shot they like the most. After all it only takes a split second to tilt the camera and take an extra shot. It also depends on the venue itself. Some wedding venues really lend them selves to dutch angle photographs, where as some do not.


The Dutch angle can also be employed in wedding photography just for the sake of adding a new dynamic to the photograph. By adding a Dutch angle to photographs the viewer’s brain is forced into the photographs as his or her brain adapts to the orientation. This can make photographs more engaging as the brain is immersed due to the fact that it has to make more of an effort to view the photograph. A few photographs like this can add variety to an album, which helps to make it more visually stimulating.


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