There’s no “never” in photography

An immensely useful tip, plus stunning nature photos!

Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart

Gary Hart Photography: Hawaii Daybreak, Lydgate Park, Kauai, HawaiiHawaiian Daybreak, Lydgate Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Sony a7R II
Sony/Zeiss 16-35 f4
5 seconds
F/16
ISO 50

One question that comes up in just about every workshop is, where do I put the horizon (or in more general terms, where do I break my frame)? Behind these questions seems to be a feeling (fear?) that there’s one “best” way to treat a scene. And I’ve noticed that many beginning photographers are constrained by two “rules” they’ve heard at their camera club or online:

  1. Never put the horizon in the middle
  2. Always put the horizon 1/3 of the way down from the top of the frame, or 1/3 of the way up from the bottom

In general, when someone tells you that you should “always” do this, or “never” do that, run (don’t walk) to the nearest exit: If you’re not breaking rules, you’re not being creative. While well-intended advice like this might benefit the person…

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