Scenery photographers have more than scenery to take pictures of:
What in the world am I talking about? Not too long ago, I had a special article for macro photographers, and trying to find things different to take pictures of for their macro work other than flowers, and bugs. It seemed like that was the majority of things we see in macro photography work. And then I introduced the photography world to a whole bundle of different ideas of things to take pictures of, that are really as interesting, but different than the normal.
As I was thinking about the Landscape Photographers, and the many things that they miss as they are out taking their beautiful landscape photos. Not to take away from their landscape photos, but, are there some other photo opportunities that are missed just because you are there. And this is what this article is about: let’s see some of the other opportunities that are there, because you are there as you take landscape photos.
To me, this is one of the most beautiful landscape photos you will ever see. The beautiful lake, the beautiful mountains, and that beautiful meadow in the foreground, make this a dynamic photo. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a macro lens to get a close up of some of the flowers that may be out in the meadow, or details of the shoreline, that we are not noticing in a broad view. Now, I know that previously I have mentioned that flower photography can be boring after a while, but, as a landscape artist, you probably can get a different angle on your flower photography to make it uniquely different.
There is a new twist you could do on flowers while you are out doing your landscape photos. Do you have a macro lens, or close-up filters or some type of device to do close up photos while you are out doing your landscape photos? You should have something. This will certainly add to your portfolio that not a lot of landscape photographers have.
Let’s take a look at some ideas that you can add to your list as you are out doing landscape photography:
- Flowers, in the landscape:
I just talked about how there are so many flowers, usually, as you take photos in your landscape shots. Look for them. Come up with different ideas or ways to take your flower photos so that you have different flower photos than the usual macro photographer. As you display those photos amongst your landscape photos, you will definitely win some points with your customers.
2- Wildlife photography:
As you go out to take your landscape photos, you may not always have wildlife around you. Or do you? Are you just not looking for it. Is it there, and you are just choosing to ignore it because you are caught up in your landscape photos? What if the best photo you can get is some bird?
When you are out in the wild, you may get the surprise of a lifetime. I always look at a photo this way: what if this photo is the one photo someone has been looking for, and would be willing to spend some big money on it, just because it is their favorite bird, or animal. I better take my time and make this photo real good.
3- Tree or shrubs or foliage:
Most of the time, we are taking pictures of trees in our landscape. Have you ever looked close at some of these trees? Sometimes there are some very interesting trees, whether it be their bark, their pine cones, their berries, or the way humans have caused them to be. So, add that to your collection as well.
4- Water in your photos:
Sometimes the streams coming into the lakes are often just as beautiful as the lake you are taking pictures of. Do a little walking and check it out.
5- People in your landscape:
Nothing gives dimension to a photograph until you put something in it that you can relate it to. And a person is the perfect thing. With a person in the photo, you now know how big those mountains are. How far away they are, and how big that lake is. Adding a person into the picture is one thing professionals have done for a long time to give a sense of depth, and majesty to a photo.
Now, I hope this has helped you in your landscape photos. Hopefully, it has helped you in adding more to your photography portfolio. Broadening your horizons is certainly a good thing.
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article written by: lanny cottrell for 123photogo.