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Photo Composition: Tilted Horizons
By Susan and Neil Silverman

If you are photographing water, a street, or a building, do try to make certain that your lines are truly perpendicular and straight across the image, if they are horizontal. This may seem like a small detail, but in the overall impact of an image, it is really important to have things level and straight, not tipped horizons or buildings.

If you are working on a tripod, it is much easier to pay attention to this, but it is equally important if you are hand holding the camera. The response to a photo of water, where the ocean "feels" as though it is running off the page in a tipped manner is not nearly as strong as an image where the ocean is straight across the scene. And working with buildings or walls that are straight should be photographed as straight as possible to create as much impact as you can.

Now, if you want to tilt your image intentionally, then by all means go ahead. However, make sure that it is enough of a tilt that the viewer's response is one of knowing it was a creative decision on your part.

Everyone gets caught up in the moment and thinking of straight and level photos is not always something that comes to mind.

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In a BetterPhoto online photo course, you'll have fun and learn a lot - without the expense of an on-location workshop! Our next 4-week school session kicks off this Wednesday, April 6th. Discover how to consistently capture the beauty you see, and learn how to control your camera with total confidence. Get more details on our digital photography school... ... In this issue of SnapShot, check out the work of our BetterPhoto instructors: "Photo Composition: Tilted Horizons" by Susan and Neil Silverman, and "Finding Your Photographic Style or Vision" by Rob Sheppard. ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor    Where is Jim Miotke? Follow BetterPhoto's founder and president on Twitter - BetterPhotoJim

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This new 4-week online photography course - Lynne Eodice's Pro Tips for Great Exposure - is designed for beginners and anyone else who would like a refresher course on the fundamentals of exposure. How do photographers find their personal vision or style? In a very interesting and informative blog, BetterPhoto instructor Rob Sheppard answers this important question. Learn how to create dazzling photos in this exciting 4-week online course - taught by pro photographer and author Doug Steakley.

Photo Q&A

1: Travel Photography
Is there a market for travel and tourism photography? And does anyone have any pointers for someone breaking into the biz? Thanks.
- Andre Malouf
Yes there is. Travel magazines, stock photos, other editorial, postcards. It also helps to be a writer with travel photos magazines. Some auto ads are landscape/scenic photos with a car superimposed over it.
- Gregory LaGrange
Jim Zuckerman has courses on Stock Photography as well on Making Money with Your Photos. He also teaches courses in landscape and travel photography.
- Lynn R. Powers
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2: Modeling Lamp
I seem to have frequent problems with my modeling lamps blowing out. Replacing them doesn't work. I expect the internal fuse is what continues to blow out. What should I do to keep this from happening so often?
- Pamela K. Barrett
It could be the fuse, although I thought the purpose of a fuse was to sacrifice itself to prevent a current surge from reaching the working end of the circuit (the bulb). It could be a regulator somewhere that's letting too much current get through.
If the power can be adjusted for the modeling light, turn them on at the lowest level, then bring it up to where you want it - instead of turning it on at a bright level. That may prolong them a little. Regular bulbs usually blow when you first turn them on because of going from cold to hot so quickly. That's why light dimmers make bulbs last longer.
- Gregory LaGrange
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