Keeping the Horizon Straight
I was not even aware that I used to mess up my horizons till a friend from Egypt on Twitter pointed it out to me. After that I guard my horizons with zeal. I am using a tilted one as an example in this picture. You can see that I have tilted the horizon to the left in this seascape from Maldives.
How to correct this? Thankfully most of the editing software provide a simple option of ‘straighten’ and I use it. While clicking I try to align my camera straight with any horizontal line that I can find in the scene. This is a simple mistake to correct as long as we are aware of it.
What is Your Subject?
Every photograph is usually about something, some subject. It need not be a single person or thing. But it is our job as a photographer to make the focus clear, what we wish to draw the attention to.
Whereas look at the picture above. I was standing by the Jordan River on the Jordan side and a ceremony was taking place on Israel side which we could see. The gentleman in the center is a priest and the guy to his left was drenched in water. And everyone else is clicking a picture of ceremony. But can the picture tell this? No, it just looks like a bunch of people with no clear subject if you just look at the picture! I click a lot of these but I simply don’t post them online.
Keep the Background Clean
Backgrounds matter, they matter a lot. So whenever I can, I try to find a clean background. It usually happens by moving around. For this shot there were other plants nearby but I moved a little till I could get the flowers and the grass and nothing else in the frame.
So how did you find the tips for this week?
I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.
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