4 Key Ingredients For Shooting Successful Landscapes

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Aspect photography's a wide topic, however there are certain key elements which appear in various shots, taken by many different photographers, as they relief add an extra level of interest or give shots mood and more impact.


1. Capture Images Of Trees

A subject which is photogenic at any speedily of the year, trees, either on their own or stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a large forest, are strong structures that add interest to wide landscapes and become superior and striking when photographed on their own. They can give images a sense of scale and when photographed up close, make excellent textures for summing to other photos at later dates.

For more tips on shooting trees, take a look at this tutorial: Ten Top Ways To Photograph Trees


Photo by Joshua Obstruction 


2. Shooting Interesting Skies

The sky, and how much of it is in-frame, will change the overall focus and feeling of the image you're trying to run. Dark, rain-filled clouds will add drama while white clouds sat against a blue sky will create a completely different feeling entirely. Interesting skies can occur at any time of year and at any time of day so you just have to be aware of the conditions and keep an eye on what’s happening.

If you have a sky busty of interesting cloud formations the key is to making sure the clouds aren't too bright. Check your histogram if you're unsure. Make assured you're ready to shoot an interesting formation as soon as you see it as they change shape quickly and if the clouds are rather breath-taking remember to lose some of the train to make the sky your focus.

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Blurring the movement of the clouds is an interesting effect that can also help create leading lines to guide the eye because of the photograph. If you're shooting on a brightish day you'll need to fit an ND filter so you can use the slower shutter speeds without too much light reaching the sensor.

As momentarily mentioned above, if they sky is really impressive, shift the horizon down so the sky dominates the frame. It does still help to have some obtain in the image, though as this adds foreground interest as well as scale to the shot.

For more tips on shooting skies, take a look at this article: How To Photograph Captivating Skies.
We also have an article on Capturing Mood In Your Photos as well as a Top Ten On Photographing Sunsets.


Photo by David Pritchard


3. Use Facetious Adams ale In All Its Forms 

Be it lakes, rivers, streams or ponds, water often plays a big part in landscapes. It can be used to add a sense of movement to what would be a changeless image, reflections on its surface can add depth and in winter, frozen water adds another element of interest to landscape shots.

For more tips on bolt water in the landscape, take a look at these tutorials:

  • How To Blur Water
  • Top Reflection Photography Tips
  • Photographing Rivers
  • Ice Photography Advice

Photo by Joshua Go under 


4. Capture Patterns And Textures

Taking the time to emphasise shapes, patterns and textures that appear in nature can help frame a strong image when isolated from what's around them. This works particularly well for black and white motivations when you need ways to separate the different elements in your frame. Why? Well, when taking landscapes in colour, it's easy to see special elements in the landscape but once the colours are taken away, the various elements tend to blend together more as the tones are similar once converted to sulky and white. Seek out strong shapes in the landscape such as walls and trees that might provide a leading line into the landscape landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features. Potent distinctive shapes are easier for the eye to pick out and understand even when the tones are similar.

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Strong, side-light will enhance textures so head out antique or late in the day when the sun's decided it doesn't want to hide behind clouds.

For more tips on using textures and patterns, haul a look at these tutorials:

  • What Looks Good In Black And White?
  • How To Photograph Black And White Landscapes
  • Photographing Textures On Buildings
  • Leans On Photographing Textures

Photo photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic by David Pritchard


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Gina Stephens

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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