Tips & Tricks

3 Tips for Landscape Photography

By Abby Schreiber

1. Look for the light.

The time of day plays a huge part in the quality of your photo! For example, shooting during "golden hour" is much more effective than shooting during harsh daylight. (You'll also want to pay attention to shadows!)

2. Create perspective.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by capturing an object (or a person!) in the frame. This tip is especially effective when the landscape you're capturing is large. The contrast in size creates a sense of grandeur.

You can also gain perspective based on the angle you shoot at. Are you above? Below? To the side? Different angles = different photos.

3. Composition is key.

Make sure your image is framed properly - are important elements (like the sun or grass) included? Is part of a park bench accidentally in the shot? When in doubt, always go back to the rule of thirds.

Extra tip: Don't be afraid to experiment! Yes, basic "rules" and tips exist, but sometimes, our best photos come from trying new things. Since the majority of photographers are shooting digitally, you don't have to worry about wasting film. Try new things…and then try more things…and more things!

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