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How to shoot landscapes

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January 22nd, 2015
landscape photo
landscape photo

Landscape photography is one of my favorite activities. If it’s yours, too, here is the classic way to take better landscape photographs.  

In creating your composition, you should look for a scene with an interesting object that can be the foreground anchor of your picture. It can be a rock, a fallen tree, a bed of flowers, even something man-made like a bench. Position yourself very close to it and place it at the bottom of your frame.

Search for a scene with something in the middle ground to help create a photograph that has depth and possibly contribute to part of the story.

Strongest element

Finally, but most importantly, the background should be the strongest element of your photo—a sunset, a white-capped mountain, or unusual architecture. It should be powerful or interesting enough to sustain the viewer’s attention.

It’s best to use the widest angle of your lens. It will help ensure that your entire photo is in focus. Another important point to remember is to keep the horizon level.

The viewer’s eye will first see the foreground, then gaze further into the picture to the middle ground and, finally, settle on the background. These three components of landscape composition—foreground, middle ground, and background—will give your picture depth and interest. If you have been successful, the viewer’s eye will wander over the photo again and again. 

Photography has helped me become a keen observer of all the gifts that nature provides. I’ve learned to recognize and appreciate its beauty and I’ve learned to create photographs that do it justice. So too can you if you look for these types of scenes.