Tips for Shooting Landscapes

by Dawn Camp on January 30, 2012

in photography

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Here are a couple of quick tips if you like to shoot landscapes. First, place the horizon line—the point where sky meets land or water—either 1/3 from the top or 1/3 from the bottom of the image. It’s much more interesting than perfectly centered.

You’ll usually be able to decide whether to place it 1/3 from the top or bottom based on which element of the picture is most interesting. Blue skies are nice in theory, but a bit boring in photography. Big, puffy clouds, on the other hand, are highly photogenic!

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Comparing the two pictures above, we see that the sky held more visual interest that day.

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Also, try to keep your camera level, something that I obviously failed to do in this shot. It makes you feel like you’re going to fall and roll down the hill, doesn’t it?

Fortunately, shots like this fix easily in editing software. For instance, when I crop in Lightroom I can grab the corner of the image and level it. Grid lines even appear to help me!

What do you prefer to shoot? People or landscapes?

 

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susan January 31, 2012 at 1:29 am

What is your preferred f-stop range for landscapes? I love taking photos of people. I like landscapes too just wish I had more opportunities for country landscape. I live in the city.

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2 Dawn January 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Susan, these were at f/9. I don’t think I shoot enough landscapes to have a real plan for it. :)

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3 Vicki January 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I love landscapes. Nature in general.
Thanks for the tips! :)

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4 Anna D. February 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I like doing both. People in nature. I feel.close to God when I take walks and take pictures of nature.

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5 Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans February 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I prefer landscapes. My little (and not-so-little) people rarely want to cooperate. My gorgeous little girl is highly photogenic…when she wants to be, which isn’t often. My 14 year old prefers staged scowls to smiling or generally looking pleasant. ;)

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6 Dawn February 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Amy, uncooperative children are a good reason to work on your landscape photography. lol

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