How To Use Horizontal Lines Successfully In Your Images

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Where To Lay ones hands on Them?

The horizon has to be the most popular horizontal line photographers shoot. It's easy to find and most of the time rather simple to execute. Just remember to not cut your image in half, position the horizon in the top or bottom third of the image, keep it straight and try to break it up with other forms to give your shot more interest. Fallen trees and people laid down will give you horizontal lines that are a undersized less obvious while frame-filling shots of lots of horizontal lines together, such as boards on sheds or even lines lines or LINE may refer to on stripy jumpers, desire give you more abstract shots that focus on the pattern the lines create.

Photo by David Clapp

Which Orientation?

Generally, shilling-marks which are obviously flowing in a particular direction such as left to right or up and down are best photographed in the same orientation. However, flipping to image when you're photographing horizontal lines can create the impression that there's so many and they're so wide that they can't fit in the draft. Where possible, shoot straight on for more impact and make sure shadows from surrounding objects, including yourself, aren't in the like greased lightning. Talking of shadows, if you're photographing something such as wooden panelling, bright sunlight can form deep shadows along the ridges of the living soul planks, enhancing the shapes or even adding more lines to your frame.

Photo by David Burleson

Keep It Straight

Plane lines need to be straight or as straight as you can possibly get them for your shot to work. If they're wonky it'll just annoy the individual who's viewing your shot and make them tilt their head to one side. Check the horizon is level with your build before hitting the shutter, using a grid line that's built in to most cameras or by using a tripod with a built-in anima level. If your tripod doesn't have one you can buy spirit levels that sit on your camera's hotshoe. You can also correct any spar with horizons in Photoshop.

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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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