Your camera has all kinds of great tools you can experiment with to improve your photography. One such feature worth using is your camera grid. Whether you’re shooting with a smartphone or a DSLR, it’ll help you keep the lines in your image nice and straight.
The grid divides the capture frame into thirds both vertically and horizontally to help you easily align all the elements in your photo.
This can be especially helpful when photographing a horizon, landmark, or shop exterior.
See the difference using grid lines can make in the photos below.
Without using the grid
The bright blue sky, lush greenery, and stunning skyscrapers could have made this scene an interesting and aesthetically pleasing photo. The problem? It was shot without a camera grid, so the horizon line of the Montreal skyline is noticeably crooked. It looks like the city is falling down.
Here’s another example.
This scene of the entryway at the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon also had the potential to be a great photo. It’s shot in natural light and showcases interesting textures. However, because it was photographed at a tilted angle, the quality of the image suffers--and it makes viewers want to tilt their heads with it. The angle is so distracting, you might even miss helpful info such as the access ramps.
Using the grid:
Here, our photographer used grid lines to help her capture the scene and, as a result, drastically improved the quality of the photo. The horizon line is level and we can see an accurate depiction of the location.
I also used my camera’s grid to capture the above photo. Now, the architectural lines are straight, the access ramps are clearly visible, and the entryway entices you to walk through.
Using grid lines is a small effort that makes a big difference. So, next time you’re capturing a beautiful building or a scenic landscape, be sure to use it. The grid will help you to achieve perfectly straight photos every time!
How has using a camera grid improved your photography? Show us the great photos you’ve shared on Google Maps below.