Be Professional In Landscape Photography

I believe most photographers need and want landscape photography tips. Where to place the horizon is so crucial to landscape photography, yet looking at most images, photographers don’t apply basic rules.

So, how to compose a beautiful landscape that will make the viewers want to go there or at least admire your photograph?

Place your horizon line in either the lower or upper horizontal third of the frame. This rule accentuates either the sky or the land and gives a pleasing weight to either. Most photographers make the mistake of bisecting the horizon exactly in the middle, which is so boring to the eye that all of the energy of the scene is lost and the viewer loses interest and moves on.

Whenever you want to emphasize your land or sky to a greater degree, try this landscape photography tip, place the horizon either very low in the frame, say about an 1/8 of the way down which leaves a massive amount of sky in the frame.

For example, a day when you have beautiful white puffy clouds sailing across the sky. You don’t need to show the ground, or much of it. So, show mostly clouds and you have a professional looking and composed image of spectacular clouds!

This works for buildings or mountains, too! – Does your image consist mostly of buildings? Try this rule on them, too. Make the buildings 2/3rds of the frame and the sky 1/3rd. This gives a nice composition that can accentuate exactly what you want and makes it pleasing to the eyes. Mountains and trees follow this rule, too.

For most landscapes photos a large depth of field is required and desired to keep all of the elements as sharply in focus as possible. So, one way to achieve this with a point-and-shoot camera is to adjust your ISO, thus requiring less light and increasing the f stop which increases the depth of field.

Or on a DSLR just adjusting the f-stop to a larger number will increase the depth of field, too. Do you get the shakes? Try a tripod or bracing yourself against a rock or tree to ensure rock steady photos that have no blur or camera shake in them. Try these landscape photography tips to create photographs that will impress your closest friends and relatives.


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