Straightening a Photo with Lynda Harrington's "Temple"

Review by Samuel Ogunlaja

Temple by Lynda Harrington

Initial Thoughts

One major thing that makes any landscape photo interesting is its composition; when this is done right, a lot of other things can fall to shape more easily.


That is the case of this photo, it complies with the rule of thirds; the most interesting element in the image being well positioned plus it has visual weight. The photographer apportioned enough space for the main subject in the photo (the building); as a result, viewers can easily see the intention and thoughts of the photographer when he/she took the photo. The other thing that makes this photo is the scene itself – tall ancient architecture in distortion; against a cloudy sky that forms a contrasting backdrop… This is beautiful!


Taking This Photo To The Next Level


Now notwithstanding the above comments, there are a few things that could have made this photo more interesting.


Framing


When you first look at this photo, the main subject (the building) is the thing that calls your attention meaning you want to look at the whole building before considering anything else in the photo.


Unfortunately, the photographer did not frame the photo to show the entire view of the subject - It would have been better if the photograph was taken so that the viewer was able to see what is on the right side of the building as they can on the left.


The photo manipulation below shows how the photographer could have framed the subject in such a way that it gives a complete view.


Straightening


Another thing that is observed in this photo is that the building seems to bend to the left side of the frame. Although obviously, the photo is distorted as a result of perspective, the photographer could have balanced things by straightening the camera before taking the picture.



This is not a major issue and can be easily corrected on any simple photo editing software, but it’s better for any photographer to get it right at the time of shooting so as to reduce photo editing workflow.


The best way to achieve this is to always have the camera grids (rule of third) feature on. The grids easily guide a photographer to properly compose their photo and place elements properly. Another way is to have the camera on a tripod; this is because hand holding can sometimes cause camera shake which can either lead to motion blur (if the shutter speed is low) or subject bending to the sides (as in the case of this photo).


Conclusion


This is a great photo overall. The photographer only needs to shoot more often while incorporating new knowledge into his/her photos to get better in the craft.

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