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Keep the horizon off-center

To keep your landscape shots from being predictable and boring, make sure the horizon line does not fall in the center of the frame. Instead, consider the placement of the sky in your composition carefully. Should it fill the top third or top two-thirds of the frame? Shooting at dawn or sunset can heighten the drama of the sky and contrast it against silhouetted objects at the horizon line. Now consider the land or body of water and decide if that should be in the bottom third or bottom two-thirds. Filling most of the frame with landscape creates an overwhelming, powerful sense of distance and depth. Once you’ve analyzed your shot, lift the camera high or low and adjust the placement of the horizon in your photo accordingly.