Landscape photography: What you need to know

By Sergio González | 12:29

Does Hawaii nature photography really need branding?

No matter how good you were last 2012 and how pro the camera is you accordingly got for Christmas, to capture the feelings and emotions you experience when shooting natural landscapes, not only mega-pixels and focus lenses are needed

Our eyes will stop naturally at the most beautiful spot or scenery around but to pass those onto our film, we have to keep some little things in mind.

First of all, it’s art. It means it’s going to be on stage and you need to raise drama a little bit to make it look real, otherwise it’s just plain boring. We try to do so by placing what we like most in the center of the picture but just the same way subjects need a clause around them to achieve full meaning, image needs The Rule of the Thirds to create astounding landscape photography.

Mentally divide the image into 9 squares, by drawing two vertical and two horizontal equidistant lines along it, and place as much elements from your nature photography  target on them as you can. Want to capture that endless horizon over the sea? Place it over the lower line and allow “two squares of sky” above it. To gain more drama, place the subject of your landscape photography over intersections. Simple, but extremely useful. 

The guys at National Geographic have nailed nature photography so many times it would be crazy not to listen to their experience. How many magazines do we buy just because the cover tells us so? They put special a special stress on getting to know the character of the elements you’re trying to capture plus the general feelings you want to transmit with your picture.

A rough sea breaking against a rocky shore definitively doesn’t stand for the same as a slow flowing stream on a prairie, yet both can be portrayed to perfection. Whether a matching composition or one based in comparison or opposing elements, angles are your final allies to step up its power a notch.

Following the Rule of Thirds you get it!

Traditionally, landscape photography has followed the standards set by nature paintings, portraying waterfalls, river banks or picturesque fields but lately it started focusing on man’s relation with nature and also added artificial environments as natural scenery, so there are few restrains for your creativity.

Another cool vision tech and designers’ views working together are bringing these days is “the world as it was”. You can have a look at this TED video to see Manhattan natural scenery as it was before the first heavy civilization started, plus all the know-hows in case you want your city to look this amazing.

If you need another reason to get your camera and go out into the wild, remember that we only care for what we see and the more beautifully it’s shown, the more attention we pay. A well composed exhibit of an endangered forest allows the world to know about it, hence be more willing to save it.

Photo credit: paul bica

Photo credit: Justin ornellas

  • posted by Jetson | 04 June 2016, 11:51,

    I can’t hear anhiytng over the sound of how awesome this article is.


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