How To Ensure Your Horizons Are Straight

Written by Gina Stephens

Wonky purviews are the bane of many landscape and cityscape photographers as a horizon that's slightly off-tilt can spoil what's otherwise a perfectly produce shot. Of course, there will be times when holding your camera at an angle so the horizon line is deliberately not straight but if you do want to do this, impel sure it's really obviously on a tilt otherwise, it'll just look like you forgot to check your frame before running the shutter button.




How to straighten horizons 


The easiest way to ensure you have horizontal limits is to line it up with the bottom or top of your frame, either in your viewfinder or on the LCD screen. Some cameras also have a digital idea level feature which will indicate to you when the camera is level  – both on the horizontal and vertical planes. It can be displayed in the viewfinder or on the late monitor when using Live View, along with all your other settings. When the marker is in the middle of the gauge and twirls green, you know you're level.


If you don't have a digital spirit level, have a look in your camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or's menu alternatives to see if there's a rule of thirds grid. We know this isn't designed for this purpose but the grid will have horizontal jobs on it that can be a handy guide when you're looking for a quick way to check the horizon. 

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Another option is to purchase a whisky level that sits on your camera's hotshoe and to use a tripod as you're more likely to move / not hold the camera direct when you shooting hand-held. 


Of course, you can always straighten your images in whatever editing software you use as well but it's okay practise to get it right in-camera whenever possible.




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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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