Landscape Photography – Being Level Headed

In landscape photography its the little things that count. One of the most important aspects of creating a well composed landscape image is knowing where “level” is. This is especially true when your background is hilly or mountainous. We use our sense of “level” so much every day that a person will look at an image on the web or in print and instinctively know if it’s not perfectly level.

Nikon's Virtual HorizonFinding the perfect “level” has become fairly easy for Nikon shooters since inclusion of a Virtual Horizon in the D3, D300 and D700 firmware. This wonderful little feature was made famous several months ago in a hilarious post by Joe McNally. I’m not quite sure this was exactly the publicity Nikon was looking for but it certainly demonstrated the feature well.

Ross Hinged Bubble LevelFor those of us shooting with Canon DSLRs the answer is the not so famous hot shoe bubble level like the one shown here from Ross Photographic. This wonderful little device takes all the guesswork out of finding a perfect “level” in our landscape images.

2 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Being Level Headed

  1. I could have used that level while trying to shoot a city “Winterscape” in Cincy a couple of mornings ago. In looking back at my images….I think I was a a Tilt-A-Whirl…one dips left, one dips right 😀

    • Hey Mark!

      Wait till you get to be my age. I’m not sure I can stand up perfectly straight, let alone level my camera without help. The new Ross level is really nice and it folds away perfectly. I have one mounted in both bodies permanently now.

      BTW – Really wonderful shots from your trip!


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