• Nov
    • 17
    • 2011

Photographing beautiful landscapes

Here in the Pennines landscapes are on every horizon and in every dale, they provide an excellent subject to photograph. The vistas are constantly changing with the light, weather and seasons it’s interesting to photograph from one location and notice the variety of details, colours and depth during a season, so it’s unsurprising that they are a popular subject. Following are a few tips to enhance your landscape photography.

As we have already mentioned choose a location that inspires you and explore it to find new and unusual ways to photograph it. Choosing your ideal spot is sometimes not an obvious choice, avoid the obvious such as top of a hill or from a public viewing point as this will be where most people shoot from. Positioning yourself from a low vantage point or scrabbling on to some rocks could dramatically affect the view, take your time over your choice.

Having depth in your composition provides interest by having elements such as a rock, tree, fence, wall or building, and invites the viewer to explore the landscape in a more engaging way. Foreground, middleground and background is often used by landscape photographers in their compositions.

To enable maximum depth of field and clarity a small aperture is required f/16 and above, this guarantees focusing will be sharp, the downside will be a longer exposure and depending on the weather (dull and cloudy) you should use a tripod. A wide angle lense is usually used for landscapes as this emphasises the expanse and the drama of the view.

Composition of the landscape should naturally lead the viewers eye through the scene such as a path through a field that wanders off in to the horizon. Here you could also use the rule of thirds by dividing the frame with imaginary lines horizontally and vertically, then offset the subject from the middle of the frame you will create more tension, energy and visual impact.

Sunrise and sunset are the extreme ends of the day and offer amazing photographs, however mornings or afternoons are preferable to midday, as the low lighting creates drama with interesting shadows that accentuates detail with the atmospheric colour of the sky. Shooting at sunrise usually ensures a landscape without people.

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