How many times have you tried to capture nature’s beauty in a photograph, only to end up with a disappointment such as blurry images and too little or too much light? Professional photographers will show you the correct way to capture beautiful landscapes.
Landscape pictures differ from people pictures. They tell more of a story about nature than a specific happening involving people. This does not necessarily mean that landscape pictures have to be static; perhaps the blowing wind is implied in the picture by the swaying of a tree or by the movement of water. Landscape photographs illustrate the beauty of nature without a human presence.
One of the biggest mistakes amateur photographers make is to fail to understand that their camera is merely a dumb viewer; it sees the world strictly in rectangles and in two dimensions. It feels none of the emotions we feel and it experiences none of the inspiration. Therefore, instead of just clicking away at what is before the camera, photographers need to think about how they can construct a picture of what they see.
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Ask yourself these questions before you take a landscape picture
Ask yourself these questions before you take a landscape picture: What parts of the scene grab you the most? Is it a tree? A mountain? The clouds? If it’s a tree, decide into which third of the frame you wish to place it. Where you place the tree in the picture will help you determine whether you will have a picture that is mostly sky or one that is mostly land or water. If you want your picture to show how high, massive or distant something is, try framing your shot with an object in the foreground that puts your subject into perspective. Remember that the tree should remain the focal point. All quality photographs have a strong center of interest, so you may have to move closer or change your angle of view.
Next, ask yourself what colors or shapes are in the scene. An area of strong color, such as a blue sky, can be used to fill in parts of a picture. You can also use shapes to build your finished picture puzzle. Both contrasting shapes and those that complement one another can lend interest to a scene. Sometimes a small silhouette, because of its power to attract the eye, is all that is required to complete the puzzle. Now, if your photograph depends on the graphic strength of shapes or colors, try to simplify your composition so that they completely dominate the photograph. Focus in tight on the object, rather than including all the surroundings.
Finally, ask yourself what shape would best fit your finished picture
Finally, ask yourself what shape would best fit your finished picture. Would it be more interesting as a horizontal or as a vertical? Many photographers prefer to make landscapes that really emphasize the horizontal. To achieve this, they use wide angle and very wide angle lenses. Pictures made with these lenses also show great depth of field (everything in the scene from close to as far as the eye can see will be in focus). That tends to give the photograph a three-dimensional feel.
Most landscape photos are built so the eye is led from the foreground through the middle distance and into the far distance. When you take a landscape or scenic photograph, keep your eyes open for graphic elements that draw you into the scene and tie it together. If you do want to take a photograph that captures an entire scene, there is an alternative to spending a fortune on new lenses. Single-use panoramic cameras deliver outstanding results, especially when you consider how inexpensive they are.