November 26, 2014 at 5:30PM

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Using vertical pictures in documentary

I have been given a few vertical pictures for a mini-doc I am working on. Would you just leave it pillar-boxed with black bars on the sides? I can't really scale some of them up to fill the frame. What about the technique of scaling up the photo, blurring it, and using that as the background, with the original vertical photo as the foreground image? I don't want to get into making complex animations/graphics, as that wouldn't fit the tone of my piece. Any suggestions?

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Always hate being forced to go vertical, especially when you can't scale it to fill the frame=) Adding animation to be able scale all the photos down, is the best option, but that seems out. The "copy and blur the background" technique always works in a pinch. No animation sort of limits your options.

November 26, 2014 at 6:28PM

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Josh.R
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One thing I’ve found that works well when doing slideshows for people is if you scale it a little smaller than the full height of the frame, it looks a lot better than just fitting it into the frame. Adding that extra room on the top and bottom makes the black all around look more like a purposeful border instead of an unwanted eyesore.

If it suits the piece, I also put the photo on a bit of an angle and animate it, but it sounds like you’re wanting to avoid that sort of look.

November 28, 2014 at 11:16AM

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Ryan Toyota
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If you have multiple it may be a good idea to put them on a white background and make it kind of a recurring theme. I would do that with all of the photos then...Just an idea.

December 12, 2014 at 12:50PM

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Lukas Withak
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