Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tips for Better Landscape Photography

Tips for Better Landscape Photography

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Tips for Better Landscape Photography

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 06:31 PM PDT

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The problem with most landscape photography is that not enough preparation is put into setting up the shot before it is taken. These tips are meant to give the photographer some things to think about before releasing the shutter.

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“Sentinal Mesa and West Mitten” captured by Paulo (Click Image to Find Photographer)

1. Depth of Field

Most professional landscape photographers want everything in the shot to be equally in focus. This is done by increasing the depth of field (making it deeper).

Aperture controls the depth of field. The higher the aperture setting (e.g. f/22), the smaller the aperture opening will be. The smaller the aperture opening, the deeper the depth of field will be.

2. Use a Tripod

A deeper depth of field usually requires the shutter to be open longer for proper exposure.

The slightest shake of the camera while the shutter is open can cause unwanted blur. Using a tripod greatly decreases the chances of this happening.

3. Framing

We all have those busy vacation photos with so much in the shot that no-one can quite tell what the subject is. This is usually caused by distractions in the landscape. These distractions can be anything from people to dominant colored buildings.

These distractions should not dominate the shot. Use the viewfinder to crop out these distractions. If they are not in your viewfinder they will not be in the photograph.

landscape sunset photo

“The Waiting Game” captured by Mark Broughton (Click Image to Find Photographer)

4. Foreground

Foreground is often not given the credit it is due in landscape photography. It should be used to help guide the viewer into the shot.

Look around at a landscape that you are interested in and see if there is anything that creates natural lines that lead into the scene. The foreground should not dominate the landscape, though, unless it is the actual subject of the shot.

5. Lighting

Most people wait for a nice sunny day before they grab their camera and head out. The photographers that do this lose out on some great landscapes.

Clouds can greatly enhance the mood of a landscape. Clouds themselves can also be made the subject of the landscape.

Dusk and dawn are also great times to shoot landscapes. Shadows are sharper and create more contrast in the scene. The light may even be a different color and cast a golden hue over the land. After all, who doesn’t like a sunset?

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“Spanish Wedding” captured by Slava Semenov (Click Image to Find Photographer)

6. Perspective

Sometimes it is possible to take a seemingly ordinary scene and create a dynamic landscape just by moving go a different spot.

Try changing the perspective of the shot. Kneel down low and shoot at an upward angle. Get on higher terrain and shoot down. Move the horizon around the viewfinder a bit.

7. Composition

Use the rule of thirds whenever possible. This is done by dividing the scene shown in the viewfinder into 9 equal parts (like a tic-tac-toe board).

Where the lines intersect is where the points of interest should be positioned. Horizon lines should be placed on the top or bottom horizontal line.

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“San Giorgio at Sunrise” captured by Matt Marquez (Click Image to Find Photographer)

Do not forget, the only thing that shows up in the photograph is what is seen through the viewfinder. So make that little area look as interesting as possible.

I hope you have enjoyed my 7 Tips for Better Landscape Photography.

About the Author
Jonnie is a hobbyist photographer that helps new photographers learn the fundamentals of photography with his Landscape Photography Tips and more.

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Touching Photos of a Norwegian Dog and His Foxy Best Friend (Album)

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 03:54 PM PDT

In the latest adorable pairing of furry animals, a Norwegian domestic dog and a wild rural fox have become best pals. The budding relationship was noticed by the dog’s owner, Torgeir Berge, an amateur photographer in Krakstad, Norway. Check out the full album here:

The images are so cute that they’ve inspired Berge to develop a series of fairytale books based on their camaraderie. Berge has also become an avid anti-fox-fur trade advocate, a popular trend in Norway.

“Why should some animals be in small, narrow claustrophobic cages without freedom just because… human kind wants to look good?” – Torgeir Berge

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A Day in the Life of a Paparazzi (Video)

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 02:16 PM PDT

When we think of paparazzi, we usually think of bullish, headstrong photographers interrupting people’s privacy with obnoxious flashes and giant SLR lenses. But it isn’t just that. In this entertaining short documentary, we follow Giles Harrison, a 20-year industry vet and permanent fixture in LA’s celebrity scene, on a morning round through suburban streets while hunting for local celebrities doing mundane things. Harrison is intelligent and down-to-earth, and the video is pretty insightful:

What We Learned About Paparazzi

  1. They travel in style. (Giles drives an Escalade.)
  2. You’ve got to go where celebrities are. (He drives around the same streets until noon.)
  3. Some aren’t worth the cost of a Jamba Juice. (He ignores a tip-off about Zach Galifianakis, whom Giles “can’t give away”.)


Giles has to keep his eyes out constantly. Just last week he saw Dylan McDermott doing pushups in jeans and a shirt in the middle of a street. There was no context whatsoever, but he sold the shot to local magazine for a good bit of cash.

“Pretty much, a celebrity doing almost anything is worth me stopping and taking a picture. I’ve taken a picture of somebody so much as plugging a parking meter. It’s sold.”


Dylan McDermott

Giles also has some very good points about the nature of parasitism and celebrity idolatry:

“As much as a celebrity doesn’t wanna be disrespected by a photographer, no photographer wants to be disrespected by a celebrity. I mean, I’ve been spit on. You think, if I turned around and spit on a celebrity, what do you think’s going to happen to me? I’m going to jail.”


At the end of the day, do we see Giles snipe down any celebrities? It depends. If you’ve seen 1978′s suburban screwball comedy Harper Valley PTA. (featuring an uncredited teenage Woody Harrselson), then yes, they ran across this gentleman who’s surprised anyone even recognized him:


Otherwise, no; it was just another dollarless day.

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Interesting Photo of the Day: A Speedy Snail

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 12:29 PM PDT

Snails are so slow they’ve become a metaphor for lack of speed. “At a snail’s pace”, “snail mail”—none of these are complimentary. That’s what makes Manuel Cafini‘s shot of a snail zooming along in an isolated black abyss so profoundly perplexing:

“Fastest Lap: 1 hour 32 minutes 34 seconds”, by Manuel Cafini. (Via Imgur.)

It’s a bit of a mystery how the enigmatic Cafini shot this one. It’s possibly a double-exposure, one very long and one a quick flash-lit finale. He’s known for long exposures and dramatic overlays, which he often uses to emphasize dancers and athletes in ways that look magically light painted.

“In my shoots I have always wanted to render the impression of movement. I have tried panning and following the rotation of the subject, using burst zooms so to make static what's dynamic and vice versa, moving horizontally the camera while the subject is static or moving it in the opposite direction of the subject's.”

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How to Make Better Photos with Better Composition (Video)

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:38 AM PDT

Most photographers know that for a photograph to be interesting, it must have a good composition. But what does that mean, exactly? The concepts of composition are often assumed to be mere common sense, but it never hurts to refresh oneself on the basics. And remember, as photographer David Thorpe says, ”composition is better treated as a creative aid than a set of rules”:

Tips for Better Composition

In this video, Thorpe discusses some fundamental components of a photograph, and how paying a bit more attention to these can create a better result. (Via PetaPixel)

  • What’s the Point? – Every photo has a focal point, be it a face, an animal, a flower, or a rock. It’s important to keep this focus in mind when shooting, and do what you can to draw attention to it.
  • Framing – Surrounding elements can be used to create a pleasing frame for your photograph. The angle at which it is taken makes a big difference– especially when shooting any living creatures, shooting from eye level almost always creates a more engaging photo.
  • Simplify – Thorpe urges photographers to take a painterly stance, and avoid placing any elements in the frame that are not necessary. Unless an object draws attention to the focal point or tells us something about it, do your best to leave it out.


  •  Color – Vibrant colors can be used to wonderful effect, but they can also be distracting. Be vigilant about brightly colored objects in the background that catch the eye where you don’t want them to.
  • Lead the eye in – Don’t let visual cues push the viewer’s eye out of the frame. For example, if your subject is looking to the left, leave space to their left for the eye to travel.
  • Perspective – Different lenses can be used to dramatically change the apparent size and scale of your subject, but don’t just let the lenses do the talking– move around the focal point to find the best approach. When using a zoom lens, try getting closer while zooming out, or vice versa.
  • Formats – Don’t feel you have to use your camera’s native format (i.e., 4 to 3, 16 to 9, etc.); experiment to find the ratio that works the best for the scene at hand.
  • Exposure – Knowing how to correctly expose a photograph is important, but it may not create the effect you want. Sometimes a bit of over- or underexposure can lend a more dramatic touch.

Though we may take these ideas for granted, having them fresh in our minds can inspire us to create better photographs and to try approaches we usually wouldn’t.

composition pigeons

This photo of pigeons illustrates how an eye-level approach can create a more interesting image.

“That is the art of photography: not merely recording, but communicating; knowledge of composition is one of the ways to achieve that.” – David Thorpe

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1 comment:

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