It’s the Little Things That Count

In landscape photography sometimes it’s the little things that count the most. One of the most important aspects of creating a well composed landscape image is knowing where “level” is. This is especially true when your background is hilly or mountainous. We use our sense of “level” so much every day that a person will look at an image on the web or in print and instinctively know if it’s not perfectly level. However, finding that perfect “level” in a camera’s viewfinder is not so simple, especially as we get older.

Luckily, the folks at Bogen / Manfrotto sell a great little Hot Shoe Bubble Level 337 that takes all the guesswork out of finding a perfect “level” in our landscape images. For about $35.00 (USD) it’s a great little Holiday gift too.


Hot Shoe Bubble Level
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shots taken with a Canon Powershot G9 hand-held at 30mm, f/4.0 for 1/320th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja.

3 thoughts on “It’s the Little Things That Count

  1. I bought one of these off eBay from some outfit in China for about 8 buck WITH S/H included. It has a 3-way bubble and it really works well!
    I love it.

  2. Hey Mark!

    I’ve really found this an incredibly useful little device as I’ve gotten older. It’s tough leveling the camera by looking through the viewfinder when wearing bifocals. The bubble level sitting in the hot shoe is a great reminder.


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