Tips to Improve Your Winter Compositions

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

Focus on winter’s unique features
Winter definitely has elements that no other season has – mainly, ice and snow. Incorporate them as key subjects in your compositions. Sometimes those ice formations may not look all that impressive from the height of a 6’2″ photographer like myself. That’s when I get in close, shoot low and use an ultra-wide angle lens, making them look larger and more dramatic than they really are. By getting in close you can also take advantage of how nicely some ice features can transmit the light.

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Focus in on the details
This strategy works regardless of the season. Rather than just looking at the big picture spend some time focusing in on the minutiae of the scene. Frost and ice can really make a plain subject pop. Areas with open water, or nights with higher humidity can create some great hoarfrost when the thermometer dips below freezing.

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Visit a National Park
National parks are amazing locations during any season. Some of my most memorable, and photographically fruitful trips have been made during the winter months. A fresh blanket of snow can add to that already stunning scenery. And the added benefit is that there will be far fewer people to contend with.

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Make your own point of interest
In each of the photos in this article I have tried to include at least one key element that your eye will be drawn to. Sometimes you get to a location and there really isn’t anything that jumps out at you and screams, “Photograph me!”. In those situations I know I have to work the scene. That might mean manipulating the environment a bit in order to create a point of interest that will draw the viewer into the image.

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more in: 10 Tips to Improve Your Winter Compositions
by Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary
at Olympus

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Negative Space Defining a Composition

Negative space is the space within, between, and around the primary objects within a photograph. In general, to be truly effective, the negative space should lend itself as being an important component to the overall composition, as well as becoming a primary storytelling element of the photograph.

“Snowswept” by Nigel Finn
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“Hayden Valley – Yellowstone” by Ron Meyers
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“The View” by Thornback Russ
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“Runaway bride” by em_wissink
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“Freeze” by vinod kandrapu
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more in: 11 Brilliant Examples of Negative Space Defining a Composition
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Wonderful Creative Use of a Frame in the Composition

The use of a frame, in a photographic composition, is powerful and generally easy to spot. A well placed frame can direct your viewers eyes right to the subject of your image.

“Beauty of the Cathedral Cove at Coromandel NZ” by Anupam Hatui
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“Israel, the Roman Upper Aqueduct In Caesarea” by Hanan Isachar
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“Lisboa” by Alex Rocio
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“La Giralda, Sevilla” by Hans Zúñiga Rojas
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“The Cat” by Diogo Narciso
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more from: “32 Photos that Demonstrate the Wonderful Creative Use of a Frame in the Composition”
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The Art Of Seeing

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.

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The Art Of Seeing
more at Outdoor Photographer

part 1part 2part 3

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Exquisitely Composed Photos That Each Tell A Unique Story

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
more at gurushots

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Natural Framing In Landscape Photography

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.

Text & Photography by Russ Burden
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Natural Framing In Landscape Photography
more at Outdoor Photographer

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Point of View

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.

by Asle Haukland
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by Nathalia Nigro
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by Elena Karetina
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by Andy Fowlie
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by Kishor Patel
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Point of View Challenge
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