Have you ever wandered how to improve your composition a little bit? Well we have talked in previous post about the rule of thirds, one of the most basic ones regarding composition in photography.

In this post, I am going to explain to you in a very simple way what is the rule of the horizon line. This is one of the most important rules to follow if we’re shooting landscapes.

What is this rule about?

Basically this rules advice us to divide the scene in three equal parts and set the horizon close to one of those lines, instead of in the middle. We can set the horizon line then either higher or down the lines, depending on the area that’s more interesting on our picture.

Why is this rule important?

It is understood that photographs with the horizon in the middle of the image are flatter and less interesting, as the eye will navigate less through the image to understand it and analyze it. Nevertheless, if we move the horizon line a little bit higher from the middle, we’re focusing attention on the ground and if we get the horizon line a little bit lower, we’re focusing on the sky.

We abandon symmetry and get a more dynamic picture. We get far from boring pictures and try to keep the interest on our image.

As you can see it is a really easy rule to keep in mind when we shoot landscapes, so I encourage you to give it a try, go out and practice trying to follow this rule. Try to shoot the same scene with and without the horizon line in the middle, and see what do you think about it.

Can’t wait for you to tell me what do you think about it!

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