3 Tips For Better Landscape Photography / by Stephen Mc Elligott

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TIP #1 DON'T BE A TOURIST

We have all been there when we first get a camera. It's OK, literally every photographer when they first started took really bad photographs and made all those mistakes.

Bouncing with excitement we come onto a lovely beach, walk up, take a photograph and walk away again.

That's what tourists do but you're not a tourist you're a landscape photographer so it's time to calm down and think before you press that shutter and get organized.

Show up an hour before Sunrise/Sunset. Examine your environment for prospective compositions. Always ensure you've a solid foreground, middle and background. These are the ingredients for something you can hang on your wall.

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TIP#2 LEADING LINES

We just spoke about foregrounds but it's necessary to elaborate on the reason why they're important.

The wider your lens, the stronger your foreground needs to be because this is what gives your photograph that all important sense of depth and rhythm.

If for instance I took this photograph without the pier in the foreground it would look OK but would be too flat and lose it's initial sense of impact it possessed with the pier.

Therefore always look for leading lines whether it be rocks that create this or a man made structure like a fence or a pier.

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TIP#3 MAKE USE OF COLOR

In art we use what is known as the color wheel where we can see the different colors that compliment one another. Sometimes our eyes are naturally drawn to such a scene but I want you to examine the color wheel anyway.

Take for instance the colors orange and blue in this photograph. Not only is the boat the strongest color against the blue of the sky but even that subtle tan or orange color found amidst the sand and seashells further creates that rhythm of color.

With all the tips I've given you can see that I don't want you focusing on what camera you're using or lens. I want you to focus on composition, content and color. If you approach your scenes like this in future you will do great.