This is the second part of the series The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography
In my early days as photographer, although I gained much of a good instinct from my father and uncles, there were many things I did not notice or paid not enough attention to. And so I incurred in many sins that prevented me to move from nice photographs to good photographs.
This is another one of such sins.
Martin Turner, professional photographer and Nikonians moderator wrote: “Lines which appear horizontal or vertical in real life work best in an image where they are either as they would be, or substantially at an angle, but not when they are just a couple of degrees off 'true'.” (Wiki/Composition)
One of the several reasons to use a tripod is that you have the opportunity to avoid this cardinal sin in photography by studying the image in your viewfinder before actually pressing the shutter.
Shoreline crooked and lighthouse “falling” to the right
And when using a tripod, you can also have a two-way bubble level in the hotshoe to level your camera, to avoid tilting to a side or back to front. This is most helpful when the horizontal lines are not that clear. Or you can take advantage of the built-in virtual horizon in your camera.
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