Monday, April 04, 2011
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THIS WEEK'S TIP
Photo Composition: Tilted HorizonsBy 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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