Originally Posted by alexischristina View Post
Sorry if this totally isn't what you were saying, tamma, but in photography you do use lines and horizons but remember your 'horizon line' shouldn't be in the middle of the page, and the best photos are when the focal point is off center. You did really well with that, all I would suggest is keep backgrounds simple, and use the entire frame (whether with the subject or a nice background that isn't 'busy')
I think I didn't express myself clearly enough. What I meant in my 2nd comment is that when you try to photograph something, it's good that you make clear what's the main object in your photo and make it clear in the photo too. It doesn't need to mean that this main object have to stand in the middle of the photo and I agree that often it's better when it doesn't, even of course there are some execptions for that rule too. It's good to try different layouts and for example the rule of third is a good beginning, but it's still good that the photo express clearly what it's meant to express. If you don't point out the main object some way but leave it "lamely" out, you lose the wholeness in the picture I think.
When talking about the "line" I didn't mean a literal line for example in the middle of the photo but that "line" as a some pivotal idea that makes the photo look whole and gives it some symmetry. It needn't to stay middle of the photo either. I tightly believe it's often a kind of form or line that our brain consist "whole", just like a path going from a corner to a corner in a pic. When talking about the gazebo pic and horizontal plane, I personally found the gazebo (I guess that's the main object in that pic) and whole the landscape is a bit slant, still not enough that it'd be an artistic effect. I think that's a bit disturbing and what I meant with the horizontal plane thing is that I prefer that picture is horizontally straight, ie. The landscape isn't slant in the picture or then it's so clearly slant and "whole" that you can count it as an artistic effect. Also I like frames the trees give the gazebo pic.
Hope this made a bit more explicit what I meant
. The problem is that I feel I don't have exact words for it what I try to explain and I'm not a professional, I just started to think what I do when I photograph and know that thing intuitively in my mind.
Even tho I'd add about horizontal middleness, my personal opinion is that it depends a bit on a photo. In some cases you can find the best horizon line is in the middle of the page, I've for example taken some landscape picutures over a lake when that lake is glassy and have a reflection in water. I've found that in pictures like that, the best horizon line is often in the middle of the page because it brings some symmetry in that pic. Here's
an example what I mean. In some other pictures it doesn't work at all.
I agree with you that it isn't good if the background is too "busy". If you don't want a rough real life picture "as it is", it's good to remove extra disturbing things in background.