Landscape photography - part 1 can be found on the below link
7) Include the Sky
Clouds - horizon on lower third
Blue water - horizon on upper third
8) Leading Lines
You may have asked yourself this question, ‘how can lead the viewer’s eye of into the image’?
Here is the answer; there are a number of ways of doing this.
- Include foreground
- Blur the image to create a sense of movement
- Changing your view point
- Colours in the landscape: i.e. a field of poppies against the blue sky
Tyre tracks leading to the trees
|Tyre tracks in snow|
9) Capturing Movement
When most people think about landscapes they think of calm, peaceful and passive environments – however landscapes are rarely completely still and adding the movement creates the mood, drama, and create a point of interest.
Examples of movement in landscapes are:– moving trees, waves on a beach, water flowing over a waterfall, birds flying overhead, moving clouds, stars etc.
Capturing movement generally means a longer shutter speed, which means more light hitting your camera sensor. For this reason you will need to use a small Aperture, use a Neutral Density or a Polarization filter or photograph your landscapes at the start or end of the day when there is less light.
Below: a close-up of a small waterfall by the road in Scotland. A slow shutter speed used to blur the movement of the water.
A landscape can change dramatically depending on the weather conditions; choose the right time to photograph.
It’s great to get out on sunny days and photograph landscapes; however an overcast day that is threatening to rain may provide you with a much better opportunity to create an image with great atmosphere and mood.
Look out for storm clouds, mist, sun shining through dark skies, sunsets, sunrises etc. and work with the different elements rather than just waiting for the next clear blue sky day.
Sun set on a misty evening
I hope this brief insight into Landscape Photography assists you in taking better Landscape photographs.