THOUGHTS AND IDEAS OF HOW TO MAKE YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS DIFFERENT AND BETTER:
IT SEEMS THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER TODAY. THE BEAUTY AROUND US IS SOMEWHAT EASY TO CAPTURE ONTO OUR DIGITAL FORMATS, AND IN SOME CASES, EASILY MANIPULATED TO LOOK BETTER THAN IT WAS. SO HOW DO WE BECOME A BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE USUALY LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER? THERE HAS TO BE SOME DIFFERENT THINGS THAT HAS GOT TO MAKE YOU STAND OUT FROM THE REST OF THE “COOKIE CUTTER” LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME THINGS I AM SEEING BY PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT ARE UNIQUE THAT MAYBE YOU CAN TRY THAT NOT A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE TRYING.
FOREGROUND SUBJECTS IN YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS:
SO MANY TIMES WE TAKE OUR SUNSET PHOTOS OR OUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS WITH THIS WIDE SWEEPING VISTAS. IF WE START PUTTING SOMETHING IN THE FOREGROUND NOW, WE WILL ADD A SENSE OF DEPTH, OR INTEREST TO THE WHOLE PICTURE. IT MAKES A SUNSET SEEM MORE ALIVE, A STORY TO THE LANDSCAPE NOW.
IT WILL ADD MORE CHARACTER TO A FOREST SCENE. COULD WE HAVE EVER IMAGINED THAT THE FOREST IN THE BACKGROUND HAD TREES THAT LOOKED ALL BANGED UP AND MARKED UP LIKE THIS? IT MAKES THIS PARTICULAR PHOTO THAT MUCH MORE INTERESTING. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR SCENERY SHOTS, AND SEE IF THERE IS SOME WAY YOU CAN ADD SOME SUBJECT INTO YOUR FOREGROUND.
USE A LOW CAMERA ANGLE WHEN SHOOTING LANDSCAPES:
ANOTHER WAY OF MAKING YOUR LANDSCAPES DIFFERENT IS BY USING A LOW ANGLE TO YOUR PHOTOS. THIS WILL ALSO ADD A VERY DIFFERENT POINT OF INTEREST TO YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS. THINK OF THE MANY DIFFERENT STORIES YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR LANDSCAPES IF YOU DO THIS KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHY. LANDSCAPES CAN NOW TELL STORIES, INSTEAD OF JUST BEING A PRETTY PICTURE.
ALMOST IN EVERY SITUATION YOU WILL FIND MORE INTEREST IN THE PHOTO IF THERE IS SOMETHING TO SEE IN THE FOREGROUND THAN JUST SEEING THE WIDE VISTAS. TRY THIS AND SEE IF YOU DON’T GET A FEW MORE COMMENTS THAN BEFORE.
A NATURAL FRAME IN YOUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS MAKES A BETTER PHOTO, THAN JUST PLAIN, ORDINARY LANDSCAPE PHOTOS. NOW, THIS IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE, BUT, IF YOU CAN PULL THIS OFF, TRY TO FIND A NATURAL WAY TO DO THIS:
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO MAKE THIS PHOTO EVEN BETTER. LEARN TO USE A VARIETY OF WAYS TO “FRAME” YOUR LANDSCAPE SHOTS.
THERE ARE CREATIVE WAYS TO CREATE YOUR FOREGROUND. I ACTUALLY KNEW A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO BROUGHT HIS OWN TREE BRANCHES IN HIS CAR SO THAT HE COULD FRAME HIS PICTURES, HE FELT IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT. SO FIND SOMETHING, SOMEWHERE, THAT YOU CAN USE TO FRAME YOUR LANDSCAPES.
IN THAT ARTICLE I TALKED ABOUT WHAT TO LOOK FOR THAT MOST PHOTOGRAPHERS SEE, THAT ARE MISSED. CHECK THIS OUT AGAIN:
Take a standard photographic debate: Do we want to have pictures of ruins without people?
OR WITH PEOPLE?
But the real question is: Of all those hundreds of people with cameras taking pictures, how many of them saw the poppies?
Developing a child-like vision can give a wonderful new perspective on life. And not only when we are taking photographs—it will help us to see more of life and the world around us.
How many times are there other things around the scenery that are missed that we could be taking pictures of? We need to learn to see these kind of things as well. We need to develop an eye for seeing these things around us. Look around us and you can find things that are there that most photographers will miss.
Learn to see what others are missing. That is your challenge.