Oh, No, Am I Left-to-Right Now?

I forgot who introduced me the idea of flipping a photo to make it look right… our eyes usually go from left to right because we read from left to right. I remember, in my mind, flipping his image back to original, and didn’t think it had made any difference. Later, Cee did the same thing in her post, Photo Edit Walkthrough. Cee posted both before and after photo. Still, I didn’t know what the big deal was.

I had a discussion about this with Cee. We came to a conclusion that since I read Chinese from right to left (up down, then right to left), and read English from left to right, I must not be sensitive about this issue.

Several days ago, after submitting photos for my lesson-2 assignment, for some reason, I wasn’t happy, but had no idea why. Did it have anything to do with this right-to-left, left-to-right thing? Sure enough, after I flipped the photo, I felt better.



What do you think?


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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21 Responses to Oh, No, Am I Left-to-Right Now?

  1. sonyavdg says:

    I think I prefer the one where the candle is towards the right


  2. Cee Neuner says:

    It really doesn’t matter what I think, it is what makes you happiest. Anyhow they both speak differently to me and quite honestly I could go either on this one. I know I sound wishy washy but that is my opinion this morning. 🙂


  3. Amy says:

    I’m glad you are sharing your photo class experience. I know it takes effort and time to go through. Candle light is not easy to capture and I haven’t tried… You did a great job, Helen!


    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Amy. I’ll write more about the class… after I finish my assignment ;-( Having guests for a week makes it difficult to get assignment done. I may be late handing in.



  4. pambrittain says:

    I’ll go with right to left. Love the photo.


  5. Elizabeth says:

    I like more the candle in the right side. I didn’t know about this until few months ago, and I think makes sense. This is a gorgeous photo!


  6. Sue says:

    I like the one on the right better. Never knew that about photos either. I wonder if people who only read right-to-left instinctively take photos that way too?


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  8. I prefer the flipped one as well. Funny, I had never thought of it…thanks for sharing. By the way, Cee’s post today led me to your blog! 🙂


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