13 tips to perfect your landscape photography
Pick one. Which one is more preferable for you? The sky or the land? Well, I would just pick both. Why not? Keep in mind that both the land and sky are supporting each other to generate a highly desirable photo.
“Growing Crop” captured by Dave Murray (Click image to see more from Murray.)
Don’t be greedy, though. Prioritize the stronger one. For instance, during the golden sunset time, the sky will be more tempting than the land. Yet you have to keep in mind the classic photography textbook guideline, the rule of thirds.
As a rule of thumb, the part you want to emphasize should be put two thirds of the way into the frame. But don’t solely rely on the rule. Art is all about your personal preference. What I would suggest is to become familiar with the rule of thirds, and then break it.
Focal point is not necessarily the point of interest (POI), but POI could be the focal point. On top of that, focal point can be the initial point to explore the POI.
“Lighthouse at Perch Rock, New Brighton” captured by Michael Porter (Click image to see more from Porter.)
Focal point is where you want the eyes of the viewers to fall when they first see the landscape photograph. Focal point can be any object in the frame.
While many photographers focus on finding the best background for their landscape photography, foreground is also very important. Foreground, when placed correctly, gives viewers a sensation of depth. Foreground can also be used as a focal point in many cases. You can use any object as your foreground, such as rocks, trees, or even a person.
“Moss Pillow” captured by Michael Huy (Click image to see more from Huy.)
This particular photography equipment presents a dilemma. It is too heavy to be carried, yet its function is too vital to be left behind. The main function of a tripod is to prevent the camera from shaking.
When I’m going to hunt landscape photography, bringing my tripod along with me is a must. For me, it’s better to carry a heavy load than to regret the result of not bringing the tripod.
Landscape photography is usually sharp from one end to the other. Use a small aperture, f/22 or smaller, to maintain the sharpness of the landscape image.
“Loch Lubnaig” captured by Dave Murray (Click image to see more from Murray.)