Workshop Preparation – The Little Things Count

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 like the shot below. 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.

Quiet Pedernales Falls

Quiet Falls – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-104mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 45mm, f/16 for 3.2 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND-Duo neutral density filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.


Luckily, the folks at Adorama sell a great little Hot Shoe Bubble Level 337 made by Manfrotto that takes all the guesswork out of finding a perfect “level” in our landscape images for about $33.00 (USD).

Hot Shoe Bubble Level

4 thoughts on “Workshop Preparation – The Little Things Count

  1. I always like this series of tips for landscapes Jeff, it is a perfect checklist. Of course I always lose the list but at least I made one.
    Thanks for the level link I was thinking about one last week. Hope you all have a great time on the Safari wish I could join you.

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