Landscape photography in its simplest definition is a composition, a combination or arrangements of elements. It is the arrangement of visual elements and as such it is the product of a photographer's vision and his skill in seeing, identifying, arranging, and framing the finished image.
When we look at a landscape, our eyes travel over it and selectively focus on the elements that we find appealing. Our field of vision encompasses a great deal of the scene, but our eyes and brains have the ability to ignore all except the most alluring details. Lenses and sensors or film cannot do this by themselves. They need help.
While there may be times that you want to get a little more creative and experiment with narrow depth of fields in your Landscape Photography – the normal approach is to ensure that as much of your scene is in focus as possible.
"All shots need some sort of focal point to them and landscapes are no different – in fact landscape photographs without them end up looking rather empty and will leave the viewers eye wondering through the image with nowhere to rest Further, think not only about what the focal point is but also where you place it."
One routine that can set your landscape shots apart is to think carefully about the foreground of your shots and placing points of interest in it. When you do this, you give the viewer a visual path into the image and also create a sense of depth within your photograph.
Strong lines in your composition can greatly enhance the image’s effect on the viewer, literally leading the way into the scene,as a visual alert of saying "look here!". They can keep a viewer's eye from wandering or from being distracted. By leading into the frame, lines can create depth and add a 3-dimensional feel to the composition, emphasizing distances and relationships between foreground and background objects.
"A scene can change dramatically depending upon the weather at any given moment. As a result, choosing the right time to shoot is of real importance. An overcast day with the prospect of rain might present a much better opportunity to create an image with real mood and ominous overtones than a sunny day. Storms, wind, mist, dramatic clouds, sun shining through dark skies, rainbows, sunsets and sunrises also are interesting variations of the weather."
Take the opportunity, rather than just waiting for the next sunny blue sky day!
Enjoy this compilation of impressive landscape photographs from several outstanding 1x landscape photographers.