How To Get The Horizon Right In Landscape Shots

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Not bear the horizon in the right place or focusing so much on other aspects that you forget to check that the horizon is actually straight is an easy botch that many will hold their hand up to making.

This doesn't mean you can't experiment with horizon cusps but if you do, you need to make it obvious as a small tilt will just look like you didn't check the viewfinder before hitting the cut out c screen button. The same goes for the positioning of the horizon as if it's positioned badly, it can distract the viewer as well as spoil the composition of your shot.

How To Nurture Horizons horizon or skyline is the apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line that divides all visible directions into two Straight

To stop your landscapes looking like they're going to slide out of the side of the frame, consider investing in a unpretentious spirit level (if your tripod doesn't already have one) that can be attached to your camera or, if your camera has one, use the grid determined for helping with the rule of thirds as a guide as even though this isn't really what they were designed for, they're make tracked up of straight lines so can be helpful when struggling to tell what level is.


Where To Put The Horizon?

It's important that your limits doesn't cut through the centre of your image, If the sky's more interesting move it down and if the land's what the viewer should be looking at transfer it up. That way, they'll know where their focus is meant to be.

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If you're at the coast, shooting the sea and the sky has particularly interesting cloud formations or it's an marvellous sunset, lower the horizon so the sky fills most of the frame. But if you want to include some foreground interest or create the sense of distance in your cast, move the horizon up. Just remember to use a small aperture so you get front-to-back sharpness.

Of course, there are times when breaking the rules do develop, such as when your photo includes an eye-catching reflection in a lake, so don't dismiss putting your horizons in the centre of your doubles completely.

There may be a time when you're shooting a landscape where the shapes and patterns of the land are enough to hold the viewer's heed so removing the horizon completely from the shot would work, too. 


Photo by David Clapp


How To Adjust The Prospect's Position

You can either tilt the camera, move its position higher or lower or take your shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or as normal and crop the image later when you're in main of your computer.

If you have lots of vertical shapes such as trees and tall buildings in your shot, tilting the camera can cause standpoint problems. However, if you're at the coast without a building in sight you should be fine.

To give your camera more/less height reconcile your tripod's legs. Just make sure the locks are secure before you start taking your shot as you don't craving your camera to start sliding down while you're trying to frame up. If you need more height you can adjust the centre column but do set right the legs first before doing this as the legs offer a more stable base to work with.

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How To Fix Horizons In Old Photos

If you do scram your shot and get home before you realise it's slanting to one side or you look back at landscapes you've taken previously and notice the prospect's not quite right don't worry; a simple crop in Photoshop will have your image back on end. You can also crop your shot to shift the position of the horizon, too.


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Gina Stephens

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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