Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Technique Tuesday: Horizon Lines Make A Difference In Composing An Image

Good Morning Everybody,
We had a great day in Detroit yesterday wrapping a day long program for the Detroit Professional Photographers Association. Only one surprise - imagine what ran through our minds when we pulled back the drapes of our hotel room and saw several inches of snow on the ground. I think they call it the "Detroit Surprise". Anyway, it melted quickly and we had only minor difficulties navigating the highways.

We spent time at a quaint little church across the street for the conference center. This wasn't one of your grand cathedrals, but just a small neighborhood church. Still no excuse for not pulling off a nice image or two. I'll post one tomorrow. I think the class enjoyed seeing how you can still create cool wedding images without the surrounds of one of the classic cathedrals we sometimes find ourselves.

We are headed to Cleveland for the continuation of my DWC tour - I checked and it looks like a crowd of over 200 will be meeting us for the program. I'm looking forward to it. Anyway, how about we get on with Technique Tuesday. Here we go...

Horizon Lines Are Our Friends:
You know, lots of things come together to make great photographs - color, composition, dramatics, impact, emotion, etc. Today I'm going to discuss composition, specifically "Horizon Lines" and how the position of our subjects within the scene containing horizon lines can lead to dramatic compositions. I'll discuss both interior and exterior horizon lines and just how to find the best location of your subject with regard to those horizon lines. Hit the "Play" button below and enjoy the show.

Hey gang, that's it for me today - highways lie ahead as we are hitting the road for Cleveland. See ya' there. -David


  1. Thank-you so much for all your hard work and sharing. I've spent hours over just the past couple of days just reading and reading, and learning and learning. It's been great! :)

  2. Hi LaDawn and David, it's Kim Ingram from the Jax. seminar. Thanks for the info on the Horizon Lines! It's funny what you forget about over the years since my film days and now it seems I have gotten soo caught up in digital that sometimes I forget the basics.
    Thank you again for all the information you offer on here!
    Hope ya'll stay warm, actually Florida is having a bit of COLD~ also...


  3. Thanks David for the walk through.

  4. Hi David,

    this is really marvelous. So easy to understand, powerful examples and great presentation.

    Thank you,

  5. David, I appreciate your work and the effort you put into your videos. However, I did notice a 60 hz humm that is likely due to improper grounding of your computer. This could expose your computer to damage by electrical spikes (surges). You might want to check this out.

    Thanks for your efforts.

  6. Excellent, David. Thank you.