How To Shoot Better Abstract Landscapes Now

Written by Gina Stephens


Photo by David Clapp –


What Suit Do I Need?

When it comes to gear choices, your first thoughts might be to pick up a macro lens but shooting with a wide-angle zoom settle upon give you a larger area you can crop into later. You'll also need a tripod as well as an ND and polarising filter.


When Can I Bud Abstract Landscapes? 

If your landscape shooting plans are put on hold by a grey overcast day, still head out as you can shoot some abstract prospects instead. As shadows, which can help create perspective, aren't something we need in abstract landscapes you can shoot when the sun's covert by cloud. After it's rained, when the sky's still decorated with grey clouds, is a perfect time to head out as the light last will and testament still be even and everything will be damp and drying which means they'll be plenty of different shades to capture.


What Nationals Make A Good Abstract Landscape? 

Basically, you need to frame your shot so it removes it from its surroundings, focusing on the patterns, hacks, texture and colours. Here are a few examples:

  • Wet, colourful pebbles on a beach.
  • The patterns the tide creates in the sand.
  • Close-ups of rusty objects.
  • Lines inaugurate at the bottom of reservoirs after they've dried up.
  • Areas where water has pooled, as the rocks and foliage they collect can make an engrossing study. (You'll probably need need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life a polarising filter to reduce the amount of glare coming off the water's surface.)
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How Should I Set My Camera? 

You need to stand parallel to your subject so if you're shooting pebbles on a beach, for example, you need to stand directly more than them and shoot down. Just remember to have a look around the viewfinder before you take your shot as the wide-angle view can penny-pinching your feet end up creeping in at the edge of the frame.

What About Aperture Choices? 

For front to back sharpness try using an opening around f/8 which on an overcast day does mean you'll end up with slightly longer exposure times so using a tripod is a must. If the tides encounter back in, filling channels it originally cut going out or you're at the side of a stream that's meandering round and over a group of rocks, dial down to a smaller cleft to give you an even slower exposure so you can blur the movement of the water, adding further interest to your shot.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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