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
more at gurushots
It sounds cliché to say, “it’s all a matter of perspective”, but in photography a slight change in your camera’s position can make a big difference to the overall look of your final image. Let me take you on a recent expedition to a local field to show you what I mean.
by Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary
Well, there really isn’t one, except perhaps – move and shoot (or is that, shoot and move). Each scene is different, but your viewer will be far more engaged if you offer an unusual view of your subject. Some suggestions include;
Shoot higher than eye level
Shoot lower than eye level
Shoot straight up or straight down
Move in close or back away
Frame your subject – use a door, window, arch, tree branch (this is a whole blog post on its own)
Switch lenses or focal lengths (again another blog post)
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Perspective: a small thing that makes a big difference more by Peter Baumgarten
How to make the most of your next trip and return home with a portfolio of memorable images.
Text & Photography by Ken Kaminesky
One of the challenge of making portfolio-worthy photographs when traveling in new places is fnding a balance between focusing on image making and simply being present and absorbing the experience …
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Master exposure and enhance your professionalism
Since the first edition of this book, camera technology has seen dramatic improvements. Light, however, hasn’t changed—nor has the importance of just the right exposure. Master photographer Jeff Wignall, assisted by a stunning sampler of images, shows you exactly how to visualize an effect, truly see the light, and work with your camera’s sophisticated controls to capture the perfect photo.
Learn these techniques and watch your images develop a new dimension.
Understand what makes good exposure and how it creates a mood
Learn to adjust ISO, aperture, and shutter speed in various combinations for different results
Work with natural light at different times of day
Venture into night photography and experiment with creative effects
Explore the wide variety of flash techniques
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Exposure Photo Workshop, 2nd Edition By Jeff Wignall
Photography Masterclass Magazine speak to USA Landscape Photographer Of The Year and International Landscape Photographer Of The Year, Alex Noriega, whose incredible images have been featured in numerous publications worldwide.