Photography Composition Tips and Tricks – When we are faced with a spectacular landscape the first thing we do as photographers is to take the camera and take a photo trying to capture the most of it to remember how great it was. But as in other themes, composition has a very important role in landscape photography.
In this article I will show you some tips to discover how to make the most of this type of photography with a special attention to composition. Do not miss it!
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The Importance of Composition in Landscape Photography
A good composition can make your picture infinitely better. Sometimes we become obsessed with technical aspects such as how big our sensor , how many megapixels our camera has or how luminous our target … and do not get me wrong, this also matters, of course, but sometimes it is the reason why We stop paying attention to something as important as composition.
Moreover, starting from shots well exposed, and at the risk of provoking controversy, a photo made with the mobile that is well composed, will win another made with the best of the cameras in which the composition has been completely neglected.
And as in most subjects, this also applies to landscape photography. In this case we will not be able to “manipulate” the environment to get the photo we want, but what we can do is, before shooting, observe it carefully, and find out how we can rely on what is in it to make our landscape image more attractive.
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7 Tips to Make Your Landscape Photos More Attractive
If you have decided to go a step further, and change your photos in which you try to get the whole landscape to the full, for a type of more worked shots in which we use the elements of that landscape to make our image stronger, these are the tips you need.
- Use the Rule of Thirds, But Break it from Time to Time
The experience of other photographers has left us as inheritance some rules of composition that help us to make our images more attractive. One of the most famous is undoubtedly the rule of thirds, which we can apply to any subject, and that landscape photography usually works especially well.
The rule of the thirds what comes to us is that we divide the image into three horizontal and three vertical lines, and place the focus of our photography at one of the four points of intersection.
It is also true that the motive does not always invite you to use this rule, so do not take it as something to stick to. Before certain types of situations it is better to break it and get more benefit from the landscape you have before you.
In this case the protagonist element is located in the geometric center of the image.
- Search the Main Lines of the Frame
Playing with the lines also gives good results to our landscape photographs. It is one of the most simple and powerful composition techniques to get a sense of depth to our landscapes, and thus overcome two-dimensionality. This will also allow us to play with perspective and vanishing point, and we can also guide the look of whoever looks at the photo to the point we want.
Those lines can be a river, a road, a path, a footbridge, and the lines of the beach, a waterfall or even the tracks of the train.
Before this competitive resource, the first thing we must do is identify what will be our main line, and then look for the best position from which we can remove it and that our landscape remains as a backdrop.
The lines can be:
- Horizontal. They produce a sense of calm.
- Vertical. They represent force.
- Diagonals. They represent energy.
Curves. A very attractive resource, which many photographers use for their ability to connect different parts of the image. If the curve is smooth it can induce calm, and if it is pronounced it can generate the sensation of danger.
In many cases, that line will lead us to a specific point of interest, such as mountains, a tree or a person, and that way we will be guiding the eyes of those who observe the photograph to the point we want.
- Take into account the Visual Weight of the Image
When we speak of visual weight we refer to the force that has a visual element to attract our gaze to it. Elements such as brightness, contrast, color, size and shape are things that will determine where the weight of the image is. And for your landscape photography to be better, you must identify that point and try to balance it with other elements.
This advice is closely linked to the rule of thirds. Imagine you have a grandiose landscape in which the sun rises. The sun would be the element of weight, therefore to try to find the balance we would place it in one of the points of interest and not in the center.
- Take Advantage of Symmetries
When you take photographs of landscapes you will realize that natural symmetries are rare, so when you find one you will have a rather amazing photograph.
The complicated thing in this case will not be so much to compose the shot, as to find a symmetry, but surely it can be worth. A good example of this are the reflections in a lake or in the sea.
- Find Patterns and Break It
Patterns are also sometimes hard to find in nature, but if you manage to find them your picture may look incredible.
Also do not forget to try to break them to attract the attention of the person who observes the image to a specific point in the photo.
- Change the View
Do not always use the point of view with which we are accustomed to see the world is the best. The usual thing is to take the shots at eye level, but do not limit yourself to this point of view. Try to experiment and look for new angles from which your image is more attractive and original.
For example, you can try the photos up, or try to open your frames for a different visual effect.
- Look for Natural Frames
This is one of the tips that can be more attractive. You will not always be able to use it and you will have to observe very well around you to devise how you can carry it out. It is about looking for elements of nature that serve as a frame for your photo. They may be the branches of a tree or a rock, for example. It is certainly one of the most original tricks.
Enhance Your Landscapes Photos!
I’m sure some of the advice I gave you already knew. Now you know, before you start shooting crazy, stand a moment and watch. It’s about analyzing the landscape before you capture it, and you see the options you have to get more potential from your landscape photography. And by the way, do not forget to enjoy the surroundings.
And you? Do you have any more trick to improve the composition of your landscape photos?