In this three-part article series, we take a deep dive into the fundamentals of composing landscape photographs Text & Photography By Marc Muench
There’s a magical moment in landscape photography when you find the right position, the subject is at the correct angle, bathed in perfect light, and, with your camera in hand, you capture “The Shot”—the perfect composition for the scene. These are the moments we all want to repeat, but for whatever reason, they are difficult to find. The more you learn about how much goes into creating such moments, the more you realize just how complex and involved they are to repeat.
This is the “Art of Seeing.”
I break the process of seeing down into three elements that I call the “creative trinity.” Subject, light and composition make up the trinity, and the fuel that fires it is timing.
Have you spent much time thinking about the nature of composition in a photograph? Consider this… when you begin the process of creating a photograph something has caught your attention. That “something” seems worthy of capture and to pass onto others (your viewers). The problem is the “others” aren’t there with you when take the photograph. They didn’t see and feel the scene as you did. Composition is the tool that helps you convey that silent message to a viewer who is perhaps thousands and thousands of miles away.
“are you Talking to Me ? ” by ilias Orfanos
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“Jinx Cosplay” by Amanda Café
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“Half light in the forest” by Luís Rodrigues
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“Dark Clouds” by Christian Giger Photography
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“Fishermen hanging their fishing tools ” by Nguyen Quoc Thang
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Exquisitely Composed Photos That Each Tell A Unique Story
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Use framing to direct the viewer’s attention to a specific location within the composition.
Natural framing is a popular technique in landscape photography where the photographer deliberately places the primary subject in a position where accompanying elements surround it, highlight it or call attention to it. A connection between the objects framing the subject and the subject itself should exist. The goal of the frame is to direct the viewer’s attention to a specific location within the composition. It unifies the primary focal point with natural or man-made objects that surround it. These objects add a sense of depth and also help identify the environment in which the image was created.
Not all photographs need to be taken from our eye level – nor should they.
Changing your viewpoint is not only a great way to enhance composition, but it might also make your photograph stand out from all of the other eye-level views made of a similar subject.
Use your freedom to your aesthetic advantage and make images from creative viewpoints.
“I have a love-hate relationship with winter. I won’t get into why I hate winter (too cold, short days, high heating bills, driving sucks… okay, so I got into it a bit). For photography however, I love winter. Once the autumn leaves hit the ground and everything looks dull and grey, I find myself dreaming of winter. There’s nothing like a fresh blanket of snow to brighten up a landscape scene. And that same landscape can look quite different from day to day considering how variable the weather and lighting can be during the winter.
Is winter photography really any different from that of other seasons? Yes, and no. The basics of landscape photograph apply regardless of the season, but my approach and preparedness can be different in the winter. Here are some tips that might help you improve your winter compositions…”
By Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary
Focus on winter’s unique features
Play in the snow
Look for color contrasts
Shoot at the bookends of the day
Control the blues
Make your own point of interest
Focus in on the details
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8 Tips to Improve your Winter Compositions By Peter Baumgarten
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