Keeping it all straight

One thing with which I struggle is keeping the image straight and level when I am shooting.  I don’t want to count how many times I’ve had to realign a picture in Photoshop because the door post is cockeyed or the horizon is slanted.  Keeping the image straight is important.  Unless your intention is some sort of Dutch Angle, work hard to keep your lines straight.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, look at this image to see why.  There’s nothing quite so disconcerting as looking at an image that makes you feel like you are about to fall over.  If you have an eye for it, level and straighten the lines visually.  If you are like me, your camera comes with a very handy tool to help you keep things straight (I can only imagine how skewed my shots with be if I didn’t use this tool).  The tool is an overlay of lines on your screen that look like a tic tac toe game.  They are actually composition guides, designed to help you compose your images following the principles of the rules of thirds.  Your camera may call these lines a composition grid or guide lines or something else entirely.  It’s usually buried somewhere under the settings menu, but find it and turn it on.  Then, line your horizon up on one of the horizontal lines on your screen. Or line up the building corner on one of the vertical lines.  As easy as that, you have shot a perfectly level image.

As Christians e are given a straight line and are tasked with reflecting that straight line as closely as possible.  In Proverbs 19:1 Solomon warns, “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips,  and is a fool”.  The word perverse indicates a distortion or a crookedness.  Today we think of perversion as the most reprehensible of sins, yet in Proverbs perverse is repeatedly used to show someone that has deviated from the straight rule of God’s law.  A poor man that is perfectly in line with God’s law is far better off than a man whose lips deviate from the law of God.  That man is described as a fool.  As we engage this Christian life, we need to do so with carefulness, carefully examining our lives to make sure they are lining up with the rule that has been set for us.  We have a guide line given to help us, let us use it so our Christian walk accurately portrays what it really means to be a child of God.

Olympus SP500UZ 6mm f/2.8 1/50 sec. ISO-80

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