Landscape photography traps you should avoid

If you’ve played around landscape photography, you’ve probably realized the fundamental problem of the craft: not every landscape will easily translate into an equally compelling photograph.

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When we are at a place, the smells, sounds, warmth and the emotions we have combine for an overall experience. Our job as photographers is to translate that into a photograph. There are many problems that a lot of beginner photographers make when they try to capture landscapes. Here are some of them:

1. Crooked horizons

Most landscape photos feature the horizon, it’s one of the main features of the genre. So, when the line dividing the sky and the land is not perfectly straight across, the whole picture looks totally out of proportion. In digital cameras, there are grid overlays that help you straighten up your framing before you take the shot. Take advantage of it.

Eye-level perspective

Most people photograph from an eye-level standing position producing photos that look as you would expect them. Try climbing on top of something, or get closer to the ground the get a more interesting perspective.

Empty skies

Without clouds, birds, or other interesting features, an empty sky can make your photo flat and boring. Try framing your picture with something interesting in the sky. If there are nothing interesting to show, minimize the space the sky occupies in your photo.

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Hello there, Keith W. Springer here. I’m a retired photographer from New York. Most of my days are spent photographing national parks. Click this link to see my works.


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