UNDERSTANDING “LIGHT” IN LANDSCAPES

seashore during nighttime
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Lighting in landscapes is a bit more complicated, and in this blog, I hope to clear up all the details of the different types of lighting, and how we can use the different types of lighting to help our landscape photos.

LIGHTING QUALITY AND DIRECTION

Landscape photographers talk about two essential lighting characteristics: the quality and the direction.

Lighting quality refers to the hardness or softness of the light, where soft light produces limited shadows and saturated colors, while hard light adds lots of contrast and heavy shadows.

And lighting direction refers to the direction at which the light strikes your subject. For instance, noontime sunlight hits the subject from above, evening sunlight hits the subject from the side, etc.

Generally, lighting quality is the bigger deal here. Because while it’s possible to experiment with different directions for beautiful results, if you fail to understand lighting quality, you’ll capture consistently mediocre (or just bad) photos.

At the same time, you should understand how to work with different lighting directions – it’s how you can add depth and dimension to your photos, for one – which is why I dedicate several sections to the topic.

REFLECTED LIGHT

Reflected light, also called bounced or diffused light, occurs when direct sunlight reflects off an adjacent surface. It can make for stunning photos, thanks to its soft, even, beautiful effect.

The canyons in the Southwest are perfect for this type of light, as the sun beams against the rocks and is reflected all around, creating a gorgeous warm glow:

landscape photography lighting Zion

To work with reflected light, you’ll generally need a bright surface such as pale rock walls, a white beach, etc. – otherwise, you’ll fail to get a nice reflection effect. You’ll also need bright sun, ideally toward the middle of the day.

OVERCAST LIGHT

foggy, overcast lighting Morro bay

Light on overcast and foggy days is soft, subdued, and bluish. Shadows are negligible, and light directionality essentially disappears.

While cloudy light can work great for landscape photos, thanks to the flattering, soft effect and lack of harsh shadows, you need to be careful; a cloudy sky tends to look boring, so do what you can to block it out with trees, mountains, and other landscape elements.

Cloudy days are also great for colorful landscape scenes, such as fields of flowers. The soft light evenly illuminates your subject and gives colors a subtle, saturated glow.

BACKLIGHT

Backlight refers to any light that comes from behind your subject, like this:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography

Note that you can have partial back-lighting, when the sun comes from roughly behind the subject, and you can have total back-lighting, when the sun beams out from directly behind the subject.

Back-lighting is a landscape photography favorite, especially when the sun is just above the horizon. Why? Back-lighting is dramatic, whether it’s combined with HDR effects (such as in the image above), or whether you use it to capture stunning silhouettes.

One tip: Pay careful attention to the position of the sun in your frame. You generally want to partially block the sun with a solid edge; that way, you can capture a beautiful sun-star. Alternatively, you can keep the sun out of the frame or position it behind a solid object, like a tree or a rock, to prevent a blown-out sky.

DIRECT LIGHT

Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography

Direct light is strong, harsh, and very unforgiving; you can generally find it a few hours after sunrise to a few hours before sunset, though as the sun moves higher in the sky (i.e., closer to noon), the light becomes more direct and even less flattering.

Because direct light produces such a harsh effect, some landscape photographers avoid it completely.

MORNING AND EVENING LIGHT (GOLDEN HOURS):

Photo by Ankhurr Chawaak on Unsplash

For most good landscape photographers, this is their favorite time to photograph. The side-lighting from the sun creates such a dramatic effect, and then the warm glow that is created when the sun is at that angle, it just makes for beautiful photos.

OPEN SHADE

Open shade can be classified into two type of shade:

1- Shade caused by a lot of trees, buildings, etc. to create a natural shade. Some lighting may be inserted in this type of photo:

gray asphalt road surrounded by tall trees
Open shade: caused by trees, and buildings, etc. Very little light would be in this photo. ——–Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

2- A cloudy day, and everything is under the shade of clouds. May not have any shadows because of this:

Sometimes right after a storm you will still have total cloud cover, no shadows, but, still can be very beautiful.

HUMAN MADE LIGHT:

light trails on highway at night
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Although, this is a landscape photo, the element of “human-made” lighting is inserted. This is totally a great photo, and the combination of the “man-made” lighting mixed with the ambient light, is a remarkable photo.

CONCLUSION

Now you have had the opportunity to study all the different types of lighting, in landscapes, now, when you go out to take landscape photos, study the light, and see how you can work the light to your advantage.



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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER, THE MONTH OF AUTUMN!

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To most of the upper half of the world, we are just about to go into everyone’s favorite time of year: Autumn! The world is beautifully going into “DEAD”. That’s a crazy way to look at it, but, it is the preparation of winter, and the leaves on the trees, change color and give us the Autumn that we all love.

With that, let’s take a look at this wonderful collection of Autumn photos, that I think are winners. Check these out:

red leaf trees near the road
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dirt road cover by dried leaves
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concrete road between trees
Photo by Craig Adderley on Pexels.com
landscape photography of trees
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orange trees
Photo by 김 대정 on Pexels.com
photography of maple trees
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com
forest during day
Photo by Ian Beckley on Pexels.com

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trees in autumn forest
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tree with maple leaves
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maple leaves on water
Photo by Max Andrey on Pexels.com

autumn autumn leaves branch bright
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house covered with red flowering plant
Photo by Lisa on Pexels.com
autumn hd wallpaper
Photo by Valiphotos on Pexels.com
autumn barn colorado colorful
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ambience atmosphere autumn autumn leaves
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autumn trees
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

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This week’s photos of the week is a wonderful collection of “TRAVEL PHOTOS”, taken by photographers of places around the world. Perhaps you too, will find some place to go to, by the photos you see here today:
Photo by Mark Basarab on Unsplash
Taichi Bagua 特克斯县 – Photo taken by Zongnan Bao
mountainous valley with evergreen forest against misty sky
Photo by Krivec Ales on Pexels.com – EUROPE
antelope canyon
Photo by Paul IJsendoorn on Pexels.com – Slot Canyons, Zioins National Park, Utah
woman in green kimono standing near a river
Photo by Yaroslav Shuraev on Pexels.com – JAPAN
great wall of china
Photo by Paulo Marcelo Martins on Pexels.com – CHINA
drift wood on seashore
Photo by Christina on Pexels.com – ALASKA
brown wooden house on green grass field near snow covered mountain
Photo by GaPeppy1 on Pexels.com -WYOMING
assorted color houses beside body of water
Photo by Frans Van Heerden on Pexels.com – Beautiful Italy
building surrounded by parking lot under clear day sky
Photo by David McBee on Pexels.com – KANSAS
ethnic father and son standing on beach
Photo by Julia Volk on Pexels.com
taj mahal india
Photo by Sudipta Mondal on Pexels.com INDIA
architecture building dark dusk
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com – BELGIUM
landscape photography of snowy mountain
Photo by Jens Johnsson on Pexels.com – CHILE
photo of rock formation near sea
Photo by Efrain Alonso on Pexels.com – MEXICO
sydney opera
Photo by Rijan Hamidovic on Pexels.com – AUSTRALIA
51 DIFFERENT SUBJECTS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, AND DURING THE WEEK, ONE PER DAY IS BEING COVERED IN THE BLOG. LOOK AT THE PAST FEW WEEKS TO SEE THE DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. THIS IS THE PLACE TO GET GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY. TOMORROW’S SUBJECT: AN EMPTY ROAD. LEARN HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF EMPTY ROADS!
tower bridge
Photo by John Smith on Pexels.com – GREAT BRITAIN
photo of houses
Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on Pexels.com
city road people woman
Photo by Lenny Furman on Pexels.com – FLORIDA
zebras on zebra
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com – AFRICA
bird s eye view photography of lighted buildings
Photo by Ethan Brooke on Pexels.com – KOREA
white concrete building under white clouds
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com – USSR
bridge lampposts body of water and buildings during day
Photo by Amy Burry on Pexels.com – SPAIN
photo of hot air balloons on flight
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wood dawn landscape sunset
Photo by Todd Trapani on Pexels.com – MISSISSIPPI
photo of ships
Photo by Michael D. Camphin on Pexels.com – PANAMA
green island in the middle of the lake during daytime
Photo by Ketan Kumawat on Pexels.com – NEW ZEALAND
rainbow mountains under white clouds on sunny day
Photo by Hector Perez on Pexels.com – ARGENTINA

Yes, it’s that time of year when you go traveling. This is a beautiful world, and I hope you all get out to enjoy it.

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Learn how to take beautiful Landscapes

time lapse photography of waterfalls during sunset
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PART 2 OF 51 OF: LEARN ALL 51 SUBJECTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

Learning how to take beautiful landscapes takes practice, and patience, and learning how to “see” the landscape as a great piece of art. When I look at the photo above, I see a few things I have to think about when taking this photo and getting a beautiful photo like this:

  • I have a waterfall. I will need to use a slow shutter speed, maybe one second to get the blur of the water.
  • The sun is setting so my timing has to be perfect to add that color in the background.
  • Because I am using a slow shutter speed to get the water to blur, I will need to use my good tripod
  • The landscape is very green. I need to find a way to enhance that beauty
  • There are people in this photo, but, they are far away. Are they important to create this photo?
  • What lens should I use to get the area that I want in my photo?
  • What is the most important part of this photo: the sky or the land?
  • I need to be aware of subject or ground in the foreground of my photo.
  • Use depth of field to the best that I can…. F16 or F32 if possible
  • Is there any lines or shapes that will help the composition?
  • Plan on taking several photos, one under expose (-), and one over expose (+) to see if one photo looks better
  • Would there be another angle that might improve this landscape photo?
  • Can I do anything with camera filters that will help me from needing to do “post processing”?

Now, you are probably thinking that there is no way I would think about all those things. After you take enough landscape photos, the answers and tips will come automatically. In fact they will come second nature to you as you get used to finding what works the best for you. Let’s just take a look at some of these things that should be done, and I want to emphasize even more.

water falls in the middle of the forest
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Here are several points we can take care of right here: You need to use a slow shutter speed to get the water to blur. In the first photo, I am just guessing that maybe 1 full second would be a beautiful way to make the water blur. Now, using your manual mode, to get the perfect exposure with 1 second, what is your F number? Is it F16 or F32, F22? If you still can’t get it to match, make sure your ISO setting is as low as it can go. 100 ISO is usually the lowest these new digital cameras will go. If you still can’t get it to match up, you will need a Neutral Density Filter for your lens. I don’t know any serious landscape photographer who doesn’t have a set of Neutral Density Filters. They are nothing more than a glass filter that cuts down the light through your lens, without changing any color.

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To get real good at taking landscapes, the best photos are usually done by shooting in manual mode, where you can control the overall effect of the picture.

Photo by Blair Fraser on Unsplash

Another point made in the list above is the importance of a tripod. If you are going to take photos of landscapes where you need to use slow shutter speed, then you must have a Photo tripod. Just do it. Don’t say you can take a picture with the shutter speed at 1/4 second. It will show up badly if you enlarge it. You want sharp pictures, use a Photo tripod.

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

Is it a bad thing to add people in your landscape photos? It is not a bad thing if you want to portray perspective in your photo. How big is the valley? How can I let someone know that I am on a cliff? Adding people gives you a great perspective on your landscape photo. But, I would only use them if you want to create perspective.

brown dock
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One of the good rules in composition is to use “leading lines” or lines that direct your attention to a certain part of the photo. If you can find them in your landscape, then please try to use them. It will create more of a feeling of motion with your eyes, to see everything in the picture. If you have lines, then use them.

Exposure Bracketing.

Exposure bracketing is also a good thing to do to get good at getting the perfect shot. It is one way to tell, by the contrast in the photo, which photo would be best. It involves you shooting one photo right on to what the light meter says, one photo overexposed, and one photo underexposed. Some people will shoot more.

Exposure Bracketing For Perfect Details - Grey Chow Photography
5 frame photo bracketing exposure

You know you can delete any photos you don’t want to keep in digital photography, so take a lot of exposures, and when you find the one you like, then discard the rest.

Photo by Paul Rysz on Unsplash

I think every photographer would like to take their photo during the “Golden Hour”. Just when is the Golden Hour? That is 1 hour before the sun sets, and 1 hour after sunrise. The sky, the whole picture just looks warmer and more pleasing. And it is a time that every photographer loves. That is why they get up so early, is to get the perfect timing on the light of day.

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Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh on Pexels.com

When you go out to take your great landscape photos, a Wide Angle lens would be a lens you would usually use. Or a wide angle zoom lens would also be ideal, because you can vary the amount you want in your photo. These lenses get the “wide vistas” of a great landscape photo. You just can’t go wrong with this lens.

One more item to attach to your lens is a circular polarizing filter. I have done some “post processing” and find that one thing that works similar to a circular polarizing filter is the “dehazing” adjustment on Lightroom. I like to use that on some of my old photos, but, I can accomplish the same thing as I take the picture, using a circular polarizing filter. It cuts reflections off all non-metallic surfaces, such as trees, grass, and even the little dust particles in the sky. It brings out the colors of your landscape photo by a lot. It is worth the investment.

Photo by Ouael Ben Salah on Unsplash

Conclusion:

This whole exercise today was to get you to think about all the different things that go in to making an amazing landscape photo. Go through the list a few times, take the pointers we talked about, and practice, practice, practice. Once you go through this exercise asking all these questions before you push the button, you will be in demand for the amazing photos you take.

HOW TO TAKE GOOD PHOTOS OF CLOUDS:

two person on boat in body of water during golden hour
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Special note: recently I was looking for a subject to write on for this blog, and came across another website that was showing how many different subjects there are on photography. And they came up with:

51 different subjects !

I have decided to take on that challenge and see if I can share my knowledge of all 51 different subjects.

FIRST ON THE LIST: TAKING PHOTOS OF CLOUDS !

white clouds
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In scenery photos, I believe the best photos will include clouds. Generally, as long as you have a foreground or a true landscape photo with the clouds in the picture, you can just follow the light meter. But, be aware of certain clouds that could throw the exposure setting off on your landscape photo.

Photo by Nicole Geri on Unsplash

If you have a lot of “white” clouds in your photo, the light meter of your camera may turn the rest of the landscape dark to compensate for all the white. The photo above has 2 issues to watch out for: 1- if you just use your light meter in automatic mode, the white clouds will probably not be white. They will be a darker shade, almost grey in color. That’s because the light meter thinks everything is grey. So, these clouds are not as white as they were in real life. 2- Also, because of that the landscape is now darker as well.

Here is a better view of what the image really was: The clouds are white, and now we have a better exposure of the landscape as well. Oh, there’s color in the landscape that was missed with the first photo. But, perhaps you like the first one better? You decide, but the first one is way underexposed.

What to do: make sure if you are shooting with automatic mode, try using your “over / under” exposure compensation dial, and over expose (+) your photo.

What if you want to make your clouds the important part of the subject, like a sunrise or sunset:

Photo by Igor Kasalovic on Unsplash

In this case, for a sunset, the clouds in the photo just adds to the colors. The capture the reflections they get from the actual sunset and make their own color. Often you can get this type of photo, just by using your camera in automatic mode. But, I would certainly experiment with this by taking the photo at what the camera light meter does, and then take one picture over expose (+) and then one underexposed (-) to see the color differences. It will mean the difference between a good photo and a bad photo.

I have on my Facebook page, a photographer that shoots the sunset every night, and the colors are incredible. I have someone else who lives in a different part of the valley shoot the same sunset, and I am bored. And then I saw it myself, and I will go with the first photographer. So, experiment with the exposure control even if you like what you got, and see if you can get a better one.

Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell

Now take a look at this above photo, with a variety of clouds and the mountains in brilliant color. This was taken with a circular polarizing filter, and this totally enhanced all the colors, plus, kept the exposure perfect. This is because there is more “scenery” in the photo than the clouds. But, look at that photo again, and picture it without the clouds. Not quite so pretty is it? So, clouds are truly important when taking photos.

seaside
Photo by Fabian Wiktor on Pexels.com

I love what another photographer put as the steps necessary to get good cloud photos:

1- Use all your lenses, telephoto zooms, wide angle lenses, general walk arounds. Zoom in, zoom out, photograph panoramas, shoot them both horizontally and vertically. But mostly shoot them wide and get as much into one scene as possible. You can always crop and resize as you wish later on.

2-Use a polarizing filter to help bring out as much detail as possible.

3- Photograph all types of clouds. Dark angry clouds, happy fluffy clouds, Cirrus and Cumulus are my personal favorites. Photograph them at sunset, sunrise, midday or midnight for that matter! Overcast days, sunny days, just keep shooting whenever you see a dramatic sky formation.

4- Keep your camera ISO setting low. Personally I don’t go over 200 ISO for clouds. You want to keep them clean and noise free.

5- Keep photographing clouds and the sky from every direction in reference to the sun and lighting as well. When you clone in a new sky the lighting on the main subject needs to match the lighting on the sky. After all, you want it to appear believable.

6- I set the lowest aperture f-number possible. A sky or cloud formation is so far away your camera aperture setting becomes virtually unimportant. Just make sure the camera is focusing on the actual sky and not a nearby object.

Another thing to watch for is the different timing on your sunset photos with the clouds. The photo above is a photo taken at “twilight”, which occurs after the sun goes down, and colors that you pick up are the purples and blues creating even a more beautiful sunset. Don’t just take your sunset photo and leave, wait to see if you can get some of the “twilight” colors too. You will be glad you did.

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: “PATAGONIA”

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One of the most beautiful, and rugged mountain range as well as an area steeped in tradition, we present this week’s PHOTOS OF THE WEEK, Highlighting PATAGONIA of South America. This mountain range is commonly known as the border between Chile and Argentina, and both countries claim the beauty of this mountain range. So, let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful mountains in the world:

Photo by Hans-Jürgen Weinhardt on Unsplash
Photo by Andrea Leopardi on Unsplash

Patagonia is a sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, governed by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes Mountains, lakes, fjords, and glaciers in the west and deserts, tablelands and steppes to the east. Patagonia is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and many bodies of water that connect them, such as the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, and the Drake Passage to the south.

Photo by Marc Thunis on Unsplash
Photo by Claudio Antonelli on Unsplash

The Colorado and Barrancas rivers, which run from the Andes to the Atlantic, are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia.[1] The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is sometimes included as part of Patagonia. Most geographers and historians locate the northern limit of Chilean Patagonia at Huincul Fault, in Araucanía Region.

Photo by Chris Stenger on Unsplash

In the southernmost part of South America, Patagonia occupies 260,000 square miles spanning Argentina and Chile. The region is known for dramatic mountain peaks, an abundance of glaciers and an array of unique wildlife.

Photo by Jake Peacock on Unsplash

What airport do you fly into for Patagonia?

Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport

To reach Patagonia, you‘ll want to fly through Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and then take a hopper flight to your desired Patagonian city. Alternatively, you could fly into Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ), Chilean Patagonia‘s main airport, and cross the border into El Calafate in Southern Patagonia.

Watch this amazing video of the ice breaking away from this glacier in Patagonia

This rugged outdoors has prompted a company called “Patagonia”. Click: patagonia to see all the amazing outdoor products from this award winning outdoor wear and backpacks.

Photo by Lachlan Cruickshank on Unsplash

Why is Patagonia so special?

Patagonia’s clothing is inseparable from its aggressive environmental advocacy. It led the outdoor industry in using recycled nylon and polyester fabrics, and Patagonia’s chilled-out vintage vibe is rooted in the idea that its clothes are built to last for years, not just seasons. Click: patagonia to see their specials.

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Is Patagonia better in Chile or Argentina?

If it comes down to size, the Argentine Patagonia is a winner. It’s larger than Chilean Patagonia, meaning there are more places to visit and more things to see and do. However, while Chilean Patagonia may be smaller, that also means it’s easier to see and do all the best things in that region.

Photo by Dylan Taylor on Unsplash
Map of Patagonia
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Photo by Juan Pablo Mascanfroni on Unsplash

The striking scenery of Patagonia is the result of major glaciological and geological transformations that took place in the region millions of years ago, creating mountains and countless valleys, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Patagonia is one of the most uninhabited areas of our planet and home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant life, many of which is endemic to the region.

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Thank you for taking a look at some great photos from a world a lot of know nothing about. These travel photos are a good way to get yourself acquainted with the rest of the world.

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DAY 6 OF 10 – DEVELOPING YOUR EYE – LANDSCAPES :

brown mountains
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Day Six: “Landscape” — Crop Your Image

Today, let’s walk in the footsteps of masters like Ansel Adams and focus on landscape photography.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can also capture a sweeping panorama of a city.

Today, take a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, like the shot above of the English countryside in Kent — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

Today’s Tip: You may have trained your eye to crop your photo while viewing it “in camera.” But if not, crop your landscape photo once it’s uploaded onto your computer, using a free image editor like PicMonkey or Pixlr.

We hope you’re having fun scouting and taking your landscape photos! If you’re looking for inspiration, take a peek at the landscapes of nature photographer Kerry Mark Leibowitz. Her shots of national parks in North America are stunning.

Ready to crop your photo? Sift through your images from today’s shoot and find a candidate that needs cropping. Or, if you come up empty, look back to previous shots from the course or pick an image from your Media Library.

Things to look for:

  • Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.
  • People around the perimeter that have “photo-bombed” your picture.
  • A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”
  • A composition that is too-centered (with your subject in the middle), that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the Rule of Thirds).
Cropping the right side of today's landscape image in PicMonkey.
Cropping the right side of today’s landscape image in PicMonkey.

There are many tools available for free on your computer or even on your phone. If you have something in the photo that you really don’t want, use these tools to crop off what you don’t want. It will make a better photograph.

Your city might make a beautiful landscape picture. Look for the best angle to get the best part of your city.

All this week, the series continues: Developing your eye. Read these articles carefully to learn what you need to “see” better photos.

Many times professional photographers prefer to use Wide Angle lenses (click on that link to see what is available for your camera) to get the best landscape photos.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Let’s travel to Thailand, in pictures !

crowded street with cars passing by
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I hope this photo above does not scare anyone from going there. But, if you go to downtown Thailand, this is what you will see. The orient is packed with people and the streets are crowded. But, plan your trip to go out of town, because Thailand is a beautiful country. Let’s take a look:

woman wearing blue dress with umbrella during sunset
Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on Pexels.com
beige temple reflecting on body of water
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ancient architecture asia buddhism
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building with lights
Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on Pexels.com
gold colored buddhas dome building
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
two monk in orange robe walking down the concrete stairs
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Map of Thailand

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin. ― Google

brown monkey eating green vegetable
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shallow focus photo of people crossing a bridge
Photo by Sippakorn Yamkasikorn on Pexels.com
photo of motorcycle
Photo by Ingo Joseph on Pexels.com

Thailand is generally a safe country to visit, but it’s smart to exercise caution, especially when it comes to dealing with strangers (both Thai and foreigners) and travelling alone. Assault of travellers is relatively rare in Thailand, but it does happen.

photo of elephants on grass
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Thailand is known for its stunning beaches, the friendly people, elephants, and for having the yoga-like Thai massage. Other things Thailand is famous for are; delicious food like pad thai, som tum and mango sticky rice, as well as temples, tuk-tuks, floating markets and full moon parties.

bird s eye view of an island
Photo by Ivica Džambo on Pexels.com
waterfalls illustration
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Why is Thailand so famous?

The food, the prices, the incredible hotels, cheap hostels, beautiful islands, the ease of getting around – any and all could be responsible for why Thailand is so popular, and why last year over 38 million people visited. They reckon it’ll be a total of 41 million this year.

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Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been colonized by a European power. It is known for its beautiful nature, delicious mangoes and strict rules about conversations on its monarchy.

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1. Located just above the equator, Thailand is wedged into the Indochina peninsula with neighbors Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The country has an arm that extends out to Malaysia.

2. Thailand literally translates into two meanings, including “land of the free,” since Thai means free, and “land of the Thais,” referring to the ethnic group.

3. The unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century.

4. People in Thailand are known for their hospitality and for being very nice to tourists — hence the high number of tourists in Thailand. It is often the case that locals will stop people in the streets and strike up conversations.

5. Mangoes in Thailand are said to be the best in the world.

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6. Bangkok, the capital city, has consistently hot weather and is known for being very crowded.

7. Bangkok is also full of contrasting scenes: ancient temples and modern shopping malls, and Buddhist monks and patrons of Patpong (Bangkok’s red light district) share the city’s streets.

8. The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to March when the heat and humidity are at their lowest. Still, Thailand has a tropical climate and temperatures can rise up to 90 degrees on any day of the year.

9. This week, Thailand will see the coronation of its new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, known by the title of King Rama X, The official coronation will be a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals. The king will be crowned on May 4.

10. Speaking ill of the Thai royal family can lead to prison time, regardless of citizenship. In 2012 an American was released from Thai jail after receiving a pardon after he insulted the Thai king. In 2015 a Thai man was charged with making a “sarcastic” internet post tied to the king’s pet dog. Tourists are advised to not mention the king at all.

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