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|| News Item: Posted 2011-08-07

To Tilt Or Not To Tilt …That Is The Question
By Sam Morris, The Las Vegas Sun

EDITOR’S NOTE: Love it. Hate it. Some ridicule. Others admire. Every photographer and picture editor has an opinion on tilting photographs. The Sports Shooter Newsletter asked several photographers for their personal thoughts on this topic.

To tilt, or not to tilt: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of cranky old editors,
Or to take arms against a sea of trite clichés,
And by opposing, end them?

Like any technique, I say tilt away, but only if it adds to the photo. I’ve never agreed with the “no tilting” rule, and in fact find it arbitrary and limiting.

A tilt can be used to add or include content or to cut out distractions. But like any technique, if you notice the tilt, you have wandered into the realm of cliché. Maybe. At the very least, the image has become more about the process than the content.

One thing a tilt doesn’t do it make a photo good. A bad photo is and always will be a bad photo. Trust me, I’ve tried to save bad photos of mine by tilting with a crop and it never works.

Same thing with pigs and lipstick.

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