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Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved – Horizon Too Close To Center

It’s photo 101, but many landscape photographers are unaware of it. The horizon tends to look best when it doesn’t split the center of the image. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but unless you can articulate with specificity why you want to do it differently, avoid putting the horizon dead center. You can put the horizon toward the top or the bottom of the screen. Either way is acceptable and both are traditionally more pleasing to the eye than putting the horizon dead center.

Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved – Horizon Further From Center

While we’re talking horizons here is a bonus tip. Make sure your horizon is level. Even inexpensive DSLRs now come with built-in levels so there’s no excuse not to get a level horizon. If you still mess that up, crop it in post so it is level for a more pleasing photo. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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  1. […] Landscape Photographers – Watch Where You Put That Horizon (via Photofocus) Posted on January 31, 2011 by Richard Bailey| Leave a comment This can also apply to city scenes, if they are not level they can be slightly disturbing to the viewer. The viewer may not be able to say what bothers them but they will be uncomfortable about the image. This can be a subtle detail that many photographers forget. It's photo 101, but many landscape photographers are unaware of it. The horizon tends to look best when it doesn't split the center of the image. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but unless you can articulate with specificity why you want to do it differently, avoid puttin … Read More […]

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