Being a landscape photographer for many years now, I feel I’ve been really fortunate enough to see and capture some amazingly beautiful landscapes that I would not normally see if I was not in the field of landscape photography. Beforehand my trips are very carefully planned and the places I capture all are chosen for their beautiful compositions (In another blog we will go over more in-depth how I choose my locations) For now let’s go over a few basic ways to compose, frame, and create a compelling composition.
Assuming you are hoping to take your landscape photography to the next level. You don’t have to run out and buy costly new equipment to make astonishing landscapes; probably the most effective way to make visually surprising landscapes is by becoming amazing at the composition.
A great composition is the main element in photography besides light. It’s the essence of landscape photography and ties everything together for the most extreme effect. We all can utilize compositional strategies is perhaps the most effective way to make amazing landscape symbolism. Although I feel the best most talented photographers are born with a real keen “eye” for finding and seeing the most artistic and creative compositions and composing and creating them in ways most others might not see and telling their story thru their lens to the viewer, which is really a true talent in itself! Talented landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, William Henry Jackson, Eliot Porter and David Muench all these traits and had a lasting impact on society and future landscape photographers.
If you are hoping to make your fine art landscape photography more profound and interesting, please look at these compositional strategies below for forming astonishing landscape pictures. Some might think learning the rules of thirds is the “Rule” of composing amazing compositions, but it absolutely does not have to be the only “rule” or guideline. Think of it kind of like training wheels when you’re learning photography, I suggest after getting comfortable with the rule of thirds and getting more advanced to try new technics and expand on that subject, with balance, background, DOF, angle of light, and all these strategies listed below to tell a compelling story!
- The rule of thirds
Best landscape Photographers of all sorts utilize the rule of thirds to direct their compositions. The rule essentially outlines your subject perfectly focused. Assuming you envisions dividing your picture into thirds, in an upward direction and evenly, the most engaging pictures have central places where two of these lines converge. That is the reason numerous DSLR cameras show the system in the viewfinder. While making landscape shots, one of my first contemplations is the place where the skyline line is. Assuming the most intriguing piece of the shot is the land, make a shot with the goal that 66% of the shot is the land, and 33% is the sky. For shots in which the most sensational piece of the shot is the sky, then, at that point, you will need 66% sky and 33% land.
- Utilize trees rocks or plants to outline the landscape
Framing is tied in with involving objects in the forefront to outline a focal point behind the landscapes but on the other hand, it’s tied in with highlighting the landscape. Plants are your companion! Positioned trees, plants, rocks, or other vertical elements allow the landscape to assist you with framing the shot.
- Make a disappearing point
The disappearing point in any image is the place where two equal lines seem to join. The best Arizona Landscape Photographers I’ve known utilized disappearing points to recreate three aspects, making objects increasingly small according to it. In photography, framing the shot to make a disappearing point adds show and focuses the eye into the shot.
- Utilize diagonal lines
Diagonals add development to your photograph, bringing the viewer’s eyes into the landscape. They can make focal points and underscore the distances between objects in the forefront and foundation, which adds deepness.
- Search for leading lines
Search for chances to join leading lines in your landscape photo prints. Lines can be a viable method for aiding lead your viewer’s eyes through the picture and can assist with causing to notice the point of convergence. Instances of leading lines incorporate streets, trails, streams, train tracks or waves breaking onto the coastline. Search for chances to incorporate lines that will normally draw your eye through the arrangement.
- Incorporate the forefront or foreground
Remembering part of the frontal area for your landscape structures is an incredible method for setting the unique circumstance and acquainting your viewers with the landscape.
Counting frontal areas can assist with catching the viewer’s eye, and bring them into the picture, making a feeling of viewpoint and interest. Counting closer view components that assist to set the platform can bring about drawing in and attractive landscape photo prints.
- Golden Ratio
The golden ratio is a composition guide. Some call it the Fibonacci spiral, or golden spiral as it’s often referred too. It helps lead the viewer into the entire photo composition, it helps make the photo much more pleasing and balanced for the human eye!
- Framing the composition
Basically, the frame within the frame. A frame is used in your photo to draw the eye to the main subject, a frame will keep the viewers eye’s from going outside the image as well… I like to always balance the elements within the frame first and then balance the frame to the elements if that makes sense? I find it very important to an interesting composition. Framing your subject will give your image a sense of place and time. Framing can also add too the meaning with an increased sense of space within the photo. Framing can also add depth and layers within the photo which is also important for creating your compositions.
Conclusion, remember some of best Fine landscape prints for sale are not necessarily the ones that are simply actually great, yet rather, the ones that are truly the ones to behold are striking, exciting, and the compositions artistic creation is so amazing from an artistic standpoint it fully draws you into the scene!
Utilizing these rules or technics of good composition and most importantly using your creative mind and own vision and learning all the many different aspects of photography and then applying all that to compose your shot and my friend, you will be on your way to making unique and compelling landscape photographs!