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Move the Horizon Line for Better Photos

By Chris Corradino on September 01, 2015


The New York Institute of Photography is the world’s largest online photography school, and because we are, we often publish fun and useful photography tips. Please enjoy!

Move the Horizon Line for Better Photos

Successful outdoor photographers will take the scene presented to them, and find the most fitting composition. For example, if you have a splendid sky, work to emphasize its beauty by showing more of it. This can be done by angling your camera up and placing the horizon line in the lower third of the frame. This simple adjustment opens the composition up to a vast expanse of sky while only showing a small portion of the land below.

Move the Horizon Line for Better Photos

There are some occasions however, when the sky is simply not that interesting. This of course has nothing to do with your camera settings, but is rather just a reality of nature photography. Not every scene will benefit from puffy clouds or spectacular light. Still, this doesn’t mean you can’t make a great photo. The trick is to only show a tiny portion of the sky by placing your horizon line in the upper third. Since you’ll be showing a great deal of the foreground, find something interesting for the best results.

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About the Author

Chris Corradino is the head of the photography mentor program at NYIP. Just like all of our mentors, he is also a professional photographer. See Chris’s photography lesson from last week for more.