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Vote & Learn #2 : Straighten your Horizon

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The results of Vote & Learn #2  is out. Thank you for your participation.

Result of Vote & Learn #2

Result of Vote & Learn #2

We have an almost unanimous winner here #1













So most of the people who have participated in the voting seemed to like the first one, even though the actions happening in the first one is less impressive, while a lot of things are happening in the third one.

All the other elements in all three pictures remain more or less the same. Only the interesting action happening is in 3rd picture, still it wasn't appealing to most of you. Majority, 80% of the voters selected the first picture. Why?!

Because I think the visually appealing picture is  #1.


The one difference between #1 and others is the HORIZON.

Horizon is horizontal and parallel to the frame in #1 and it is not the case in #2 and #3. So the Horizon can make or break a picture!

Some of the high-end cameras have sensors that helps one to get their horizon, horizontal. Unfortunately I don't have that camera.

So how to get that Horizon Horizontal?

If you are using a cell phone camera or point and shoot camera, you will probably using the LCD screen. If the grid lines are ON, then you can easily align the horizon with any of the lines and make it horizontal, and can position the horizon according to Rule of Thirds.

If you are viewing through the view finder, align it with the AF points or any other references.

But 'it' happens! At times we ended up getting a picture with not so horizontal horizon, even after all the precautions. Thanks, it is a digital era and we have a lot of simple softwares available that helps us to correct this elementary error.

Mostly I use Picasa. There is an option called "straighten".

In Photoshop you can even adjust the picture by 0.1 degree angle! There is an option in Instagram to straighten the picture. So most of the softwares available will help you to correct it and make it a picture like this.

#3 after correction

#3 after correction


So want more examples?

The man of the beach

The man of the beach



Photo of the Day


Now we know the rule.

So its time for us to break the rule!

Rules? What is that?! :P

Rules? What is that?! :P`

Happy Clicking.  Keep experimenting.

Let me know your feedbacks, What do you want to include in this series etc. Do share , because sharing is caring 😀

Next Vote & Learn  on Monday Hopefully.

Written by : Trablogger
Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.

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Which one I choose? I remember now I think first....yayyy ! You can make a good teacher btw 🙂


Yeah!!! I won! 😀 I voted #1 because it looked the most appealing like you said 😉


Now tell me, which one did I choose?? 😀


I personally like the original version of the 3rd. The reason for that is the angle draws your attention to the camera man and makes u follow the line, only to find the 2 ppl being photographed. So I think to capture the moment of someone capturing a moment works best in the original version but the straightened version is great for having a picture that looks good. I guess it all depends on what you are looking for in a pik 🙂


Never thought it that way !!! Thank you so much for the lesson 🙂 Picassa has straighten option !! Have to check it. But loved the the outcome in 3rd picture 🙂


Thanks a lot !!! I love your tips, makes it so easy to understand for a lazy bone like me. I have been looking for this kind of advices for a long time, big thanks :)) plus I m so happy I won the ticket , merry Xmas to you too 😉


Waiting a minute... I just leaned to follow the rule, now you are breaking it. Thank you so much for another cool lesson. I need to learn to apply to my photo shots. 🙂 Love the last one, Wow!

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I didn't win 🙁

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