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6 Important points of attention when creating landscapes

The post 6 Important compositional elements to consider when photographing landscapes appeared for the first time at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy Flint.

There are many pleasures associated with photographing landscapes; be outside, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful views while capturing the beauty of nature around you.

Taking good landscape photos is more challenging than you might think. People often tell me when they come home from capturing landscapes that they are often disappointed in their results. Part of this can be due to the subject, the weather, the photographer or most likely the composition. To help you improve your composition, here are 6 fundamental elements that are worth considering when you set out with your camera to photograph landscapes.

1. Diagonal lines

First, it is worth the term ' composition ' to be considered. Composition refers to ' the nature of the ingredients or components ' of something, such as the formation and content that make up an image. When it comes to photography, there are many theories and factors that together form a good composition. An important component that is worth confirming is diagonal lines.

Landscape composition 01

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Diagonal lines can be a useful tool to use in your images. Carefully consider how you could use diagonal lines in your images. A proven way is to guide a viewer's eye through the frame along a diagonal. These can go from left to right or from right to left. They can be somewhat horizontal or vertical and can be individual or repeated throughout the image. Leading diagonal lines can be a great way to naturally point to an interesting part of your landscape, such as rows of flowers that navigate to a tree or a building.

2. Geometric shapes

Landscape composition 02

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When it comes to shapes and patterns, there are no hard and fast rules for what works well together. As you view the landscape as a whole, you must be aware of which geometric shapes you want to include in the frame. You can look for forms that complement each other or that are opposite to each other. Consider their relationship and how they can be used together to bring balance to the picture.

3. The rule of third parties

Landscape composition 03

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Have you ever taken photos of landscapes that you have not been satisfied with and wondered why this could be? Well, a reason may have to do with the rule of third parties. The third-party rule is an essential technique that can be applied to improve the composition and harmony of your landscape images. In essence, it is about sharing your image by third parties using 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines. The idea is that you then place the important elements of your scene in that direction or at the point where they intersect.

In your landscape shots, try to place the horizon on the lower third and upper third of the image and see which produces a more pleasant composition. You can also include an interesting object, such as a tree where the lines meet. This provides a natural focal point for the scene.

Rule of Thirds Grid

4. Framing images

Landscape composition 04

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How you frame your images of nature can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo. When framing your recordings, create a visually effective image that communicates with the viewer in the way you intended. Overhanging leaves or branches can be used to form a natural frame to shape your image. This helps to emphasize the subject and to mask unwanted elements in the scene.

5. Foreground elements

Foreground elements can add more dynamics to your landscape images. Placing functions in the foreground can give a feeling of decreasing distance. For example, a stone, flowers, or snow are separate components that can be used to deliver scale. Find an interesting subject that you can see in the lower part of your frame and see how this changes the composition of your landscape photos.

6. Break the rules

Landscape composition 05

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Do not feel that you must adhere to the rules of composition outlined above. As with all rules, they do not always give the best results and you can break them. Sometimes placing the horizon along the center of the frame can produce a much more striking photo. Moreover, you can even place your main subject in the center of your frame. Don't be afraid to try out different compositions and experiment to see which one looks best.

Conclusion

Although you can break the rules, it is worth knowing the rules before you try to break them. They have been introduced to take advantage of your photos in the first place, so remember to use them properly. Diagonal lines, the rule of thirds, foreground details and the framing of your images can all be used to enhance your landscape photos.

It is now up to you to put these tips into practice! Share the images you make and any comments below with us.

6 Important points of attention when creating landscapes

The post 6 Important compositional elements to consider when photographing landscapes appeared for the first time at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy Flint.

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