Difference between Landscape and Portrait

Key Difference: Firstly, the terms refer to types of pictures: the landscape is actually a picture of the land, while, a portrait is a picture of a person. Secondly, the terms refer to orientation, where landscape refers to something that is wider than taller, while the portrait is something that is taller rather than wider.

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The terms landscape and portrait have two different meaning, however, those two meanings are interrelated. Firstly, the terms refer to types of pictures: the landscape is actually a picture of the land, while, a portrait is a picture of a person. Secondly, the terms refer to orientation, where landscape refers to something that is wider than taller, while the portrait is something that is taller rather than wider.

As per the definition referring to pictures and landscapes, a landscape is basically a picture or a photo of a piece of land. This picture or photo or representation aims to show the beauty of a piece of land. However, it can also be taken to show the barrenness and lack of beauty of that piece of land.

A portrait, on the other hand, is a picture or a photo of a person that aims to capture the look and essence of the person. In a portrait, the person is often looking directly at the camera or the painter, so that later on it looks like the painting or photo is directly engaging with the viewer. However, this may not be the case all the time, especially with more artistic or creative representations.

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In addition to a picture or a photo, the portrait can also be sculpture, such as a bust or in some other form of representation of that person. The portrait can also be a detailed description of something or someone usually verbally or in writing.

As per the definition referring to page orientation, a landscape is when the length of the document is longer than its height, basically when something is wider than taller. A portrait, on the other hand, is when the length of the document is shorter than its height, or basically when something is taller than wider. Another way to say that is when the height of the document is longer than the length or width.

The definition of the terms landscape and portrait are most commonly used in printing, hence documents are most commonly and preferably printed in portrait mode, while pictures and spreadsheets may be printed in landscape mode. Additionally, a landscape picture or photo is generally printed in landscape mode, which is where the page orientation gets its name. Similarly, the portrait of a person will generally be printed in portrait mode. Hence, the page orientations are in fact named after their painting and photo styles.

Comparison between Landscape and Portrait:

 

Landscape

Portrait

Definition (Merriam-Webster)

  • A picture that shows a natural scene of land or the countryside
  • An area of land that has a particular quality or appearance
  • A particular area of activity
  • Of, relating to, or being a document having the horizontal dimension longer than the vertical dimension
  • A painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person's head and shoulders
  • A detailed description of something or someone
  • A way of printing a page so that the shorter sides are on the top and bottom and the longer sides are on the left and right

Description

Has two different meanings:

  • A picture or photo of a piece of land
  • A document that is wider than it is taller

Has two different meanings:

  • A picture or photo of a person
  • A document that is taller than it is wider

Photo

Of a piece of land either showing its beauty or lack of beauty

Of a person with the aim of capturing their essence

Orientation

Where the length of the document is longer than its height

Where the length of the document is shorter than its height.

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