Here’s one of the photography tips that can take an otherwise good photograph and turn it into something solid. If you’re not paying attention, it can easily make your photography look amateur.
Take a look at this photograph of my wife and baby girl, Isabel:
It’s a decent photograph; you get a bit of context on where the subjects are physically located, it’s easy to tell who and what the subject is, the background is thrown out of focus so you eyes are drawn to the subjects. You can see eyes and there are even smiles!
Now take a look at this same exact photograph, edited to show a common mistake:
Everything is the same; EXCEPT the horizon is crooked! What does it do to the feeling of the photograph? To me, it now feels off balance and uneasy. Which is stark contrast to what my subject is projecting.
Keep in mind, there might be times when you want to throw off the horizon in your photograph. I’ve done it before and sometimes it can turn out great. More often than not, it doesn’t work – especially if you’re not doing it on purpose.
It’s easy to make this mistake… quite often it happens when you’re taking the photograph and in post-processing (you do post-process, don’t you?!) it gets missed because; well – it’s easy to miss! Try this; from now on make it a habit to really look at each of your photographs. Foreground, subject, background, etc. Try to get it right in the camera, but that’s not always going to happen. No big deal. There are something you must get right “in camera” such as focus and exposure but, luckily it’s easy to straighten a horizon in post-processing.
I’ll go into how I process my photographs later in another blog post on photography tips, but for now; keep an eye on the horizons in your photographs. It will make a big difference in taking your shooting to the next level.