Ever get home after a
trip or a night out, flip through your photos and realize that they’re all
crooked. It’s bad enough for personal photos and even worse if you’re trying to
get into the professional market.
Whether you take landscape photos, people, or both, having straight lines in your photos leads the viewer’s eye to your subject with fewer distractions.
...unlike this one of Lindsey and I in Australia. My eye immediately goes to all of the crooked horizon and coastlines in the background.
It's not always easy to tell when you're composing a photo which lines need to be straight and which don't. In this photo, the line in the sidewalk is slightly angled, but if I had composed for it then the rest of the scene would have looked tilted.
So what can do you to help get straighter images? Practice.
Take a walk around the neighborhood, or a 10 minute walk through your house and look for interesting, unique and most importantly, straight lines to photograph.
Have fun with it, but take your time and compose your images carefully. Try 20 shots once a month. You'll be glad you did and before you know it you'll be noticing lines and angles everywhere you go...and your photos will thank you.