Don’t flip out! Or maybe it’s better if you do. When does flipping an image create a stronger composition?


posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM EST


In his recent film reveal video, photographer Ben Horne showed that he had flipped some of his film images before creating his final output.

He was looking at one of his images he accidentally put the image down on his film viewer flipped and he found that he liked the photograph better in this orientation. Sometimes images look better flipped, why is that? Horne thinks it has something to do with how we look at photos. In general, we start on the left and sweep to the right, like how we read English. Further, our eyes are attracted to brighter areas than darker areas. If you have a bright area on the left, your viewer might never make it to the right side of the image and the image can seem out of balance.

Below, Horne shows example images and how they can change when flipped. What do you think, do you ever flip images for stronger composition? Let us know in the comments below.

(Via Ben Horne