Landscapes provide us with some of the most enduring images.
Yes, and they perhaps present the greatest challenge too. Get it wrong, the scene looks flat and uninteresting. Get it right, the wow factor hits the viewer.
The principles and concepts behind landscapes
When we talk about landscapes we can actually be talking about a wide range of types of photographs – usually taken in the countryside. Of course that is pretty nebulous. But it is sensible to talk about the sort of principles that apply to the construction of a good landscape photograph and then relate them to the picture you are going to take.
I have compiled a list of links below. If you follow through on all these together you get a great introduction to landscape photography…
- The Third Most Important Piece of Kit
- Seeing the Quality of Light
- Easy introduction to ‘visual elements’ in photographs
- Simple ‘Principles’ of photographic composition
- Don’t Stick the Horizon Line in the Middle!
- Rule of Thirds
- Landscape loves – do you know why you are photographing this scene?
- Ten great tips for photographing landscapes
- The easy way to give depth to landscapes
- Simple ideas about perspective in photography
More after this…
Like all photography mastering landscapes takes time and learning. It especially needs time. I have on occasion taken many return trips to one location, and, many hours there each time to get the shot I wanted. On the other hand, sometimes it all just comes together. That is both the joy and fun of landscape photography… you never know what you are going to get out of a shoot until you have seen the shots afterwards.Damon is a writer-photographer and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training courses ing digital photography.
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