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Landscape

Viewpoint and composition for landscape photography

Choosing the right viewpoint and composition is essential for producing landscape images that stand out from the rest. For most locations there will be multiple options. Rather than choosing one single viewpoint and composition, shooting, and then going home, it is common practice for landscape photographers to try to maximise the photographic potential at every […]

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Choosing between horizontal and vertical framing

When do you rotate the camera for a vertical shot? Horizontal is the default because of the way cameras are designed to be held, but vertical offers different possibilities. This is Monument Valley, straddling Arizona and Utah, and the rock formation is Bear and Rabbit Rocks (the rabbit is a lot more obvious). There are […]

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Leave scene mode behind

When you’re getting to grips with the huge possibilities presented to you by your camera, it might be tempting to stay within the comfort zone of the scene modes, even if you’re brave enough to step away from Auto. But the truth is, even the scene modes don’t afford you anything like the control capable […]

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Landscape photography tips for all seasons

Don’t believe that there is any subject that can’t be photographed in an interesting way—it is just a matter of knowing enough to be able to take advantage of each situation and keeping an open mind. Landscape images can often suffer from the ‘boring’ label, so we have some tips to help you get the […]

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Magically misty photos

Light falling on mist, fog, and virga adds different moods and textures to the landscape, and the hues and tonal contrasts change with whatever light is in the atmosphere. These sun shafts on the mist at the bottom of the falls came from the light passing through trees that didn’t have any leaves on their […]

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Landscape or portrait?

Choosing whether to capture your scene vertically or horizontally is a decision you should make based on composition, juxtaposition, and how you wish the elements within the frame to be represented. In the examples shown here of the Golden Temple, the same scene was shot both horizontally and vertically, because at the time deciding which […]

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Keep your eye on the horizon

Thinking about where your horizon will appear in the frame, and how your subject might interact with it, is vital when shooting landscapes. When taking pictures with a subject in the foreground, always make sure to check the alignment of the subject with the horizon, or any other lines in the background. It cannot be […]

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Relating foreground to background in your landscapes

The inclusion of foreground elements within landscape photographs adds a sense of depth and scale to what would otherwise be a two-dimensional, or flat, image. However, it seems to have become de rigeur among many landscape photographers to include foreground elements on an almost ad hoc basis, without considering why they are being included and […]

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Freehand landscape photography techniques

The best landscapes are almost always shot with the camera on a tripod so you can best control camera stability, composition, depth of field, and bracketing for HDR. However, digital technology and stabilised lenses have made it easier to shoot freehand, and this increased freedom opens up shooting options than film cameras couldn’t offer. Using […]

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Stretching boundaries in landscape editing

The minimising effect a wide-angle lens can have on distant elements can be a drawback when photographing certain subjects, such as a sweeping landscape with mountains on the horizon and no particular focal point in the foreground. However, one of the great things about shooting landscapes with a digital camera is that you have the […]

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Lens flare: how to avoid it your landscape photos

Lens flare occurs when a bright light source, such as the sun, is shining directly into the front of the lens. The more directly the lens is pointed toward the light source, the greater the flare effect. With the bright sun in the photo, there’s no way to eliminate flare unless the sun is in […]

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The magic of long exposure photography

‘Embracing the future as present joins past.’ It’s a phrase that summarises the notion of long exposure photography. 3.2-second exposure at ƒ/22 and ISO 100. Imagine standing in the gathering twilight on a beach, photographing the surf. With exposures around five seconds long, they will be just long enough to transform the movement of the […]

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