10 landscape photography mistakes every photographer makes (and how to fix them)

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 10/07/2013 00:01am
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    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 9: Poor composition

    Landscape Photography Tips: perfect your composition

    When faced with a stunning vista it’s easy to get carried away and start firing off shots, but landscape images require careful consideration.

    It’s important to look around the scene and find the ideal shooting angle that makes the best of the subjects available and include some foreground interest.

    Although there are times when a centralised subject and symmetry win the day, many landscape images benefit from a composition that observes the rule of thirds.

    This simple rule splits the scene into three equally sized columns and three equally sized rows, creating a grid of nine rectangles.

    Locating key elements within the scene along these lines, or at their intersections can really improve composition.

    Many cameras have a rule of thirds grid view option available on the LCD screen, and in some cases in the viewfinder, which can be a useful guide to composition.

    It’s particularly important to decide where to position the horizon within the scene.

    Locating it along the upper horizontal line of the rule of thirds grid instantly gives the land greater emphasis because it occupies two thirds of the image.

    Alternatively, positioning it along the bottom line in the grid gives the sky greater emphasis, which may work well when photographing a sunset with a silhouetted foreground, for example.

    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 1: Wonky horizons
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 2: Foreground and/or horizon not sharp
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 3: Image blurred
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 4: Empty foreground
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 5: Flat, dull light
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 6: Strong shadows
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 7: Sky washed out or the land underexposed
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 8: Obvious graduated ND filter use
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 9: Poor composition
    Landscape Photography Mistake No. 10: Soft details


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    Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Landscape, Photography Tips.

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