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Should the Horizon Line Always be Straight and Level

Lesson 45 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

Should the Horizon Line Always be Straight and Level

Lesson 45 from: Mastering Photographic Composition and Visual Storytelling

Chris Weston

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45. Should the Horizon Line Always be Straight and Level

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Lesson Info

Should the Horizon Line Always be Straight and Level

one of the most debated questions in photography is. Should the horizon line always be straightened level? I don't want to that question. I'm going flying a straightened level Horizon is out primordial point of reference. When we're lost, we seek the horizon to help tell us where we are and when we find it, we're overwhelmed with comments. This'll, calmness crosses into the photograph. A photograph with a straightened level horizon evokes feelings of serenity, Peacefulness and tranquility. And if that's your aim, which in a genre such as landscape photography, it almost always is then, yes, the horizon should be straight and level. But what if you don't want your image to have a calm energy? What if you want to create tension by changing the angle of the horizon? I could change the energy of the photograph, as we can see in the two images I've just taken in the first image. The energy is passive, almost static. The feeling is your in the cockpit of a biplane. Flying steadily, is tranqu...

il. There's no rush. You're calm and peaceful. Now let's take a look at the second image. How do you feel now? The speed has changed your flying faster. The plane is banking hard, right? The visual energy in this picture is much more intense. There's tension and a distinct edginess to the composition. So what changed? The truth is nothing changed. The two images were taken moments apart. The plane was flying at the same speed on the same course. Straightened level. Even the camera settings were exactly the same. The only difference in the taking of these two images was for the second image. I tilted the camera by around 20 degrees to slam the horizon. It's a tiny change in perspective, for the difference it makes to The image is immense. No.

Ratings and Reviews

Edmund Cheung

Perhaps the style of presentation and simple, short, and direct messaging does not "jive" with some; but others may really love this. Yes the production of each episode is stylized and perhaps a bit formal (like a TV Show?), but there is something to be said about it. Perhaps this is not meant for professional photographers? I think of myself as decent amateur / high level photographer. I found lots of great nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from this. Especially when I an in a rut for creativity. Yes I have heard all these concepts and ideas before. BUT it is always great to hear and see a different way of presentation and voice. Please do NOT take the naysayer reviews as the end all. You should judge for yourself and watch a few episodes. If the style and content click for you, I would highly recommend this course.

Kai Atherton

While I am perhaps more advanced in my photography then this course. It is always great to be able to go back to fundamentals and remind ourselves of the basic principles, and even camera function. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and Chris's other. It is a great motivational jumpstart when lacking fresh creative idea's.

Abdullah Alahmari

Thanks a lot to mr. Chris Weston This course is great and It is a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 course for me. Beside the other course ( mastering the art of photography ) both courses are Complementing to each other and highly recommended.

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