7 common landscape photography clichés (and how to make your shots stand out)

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Just like anything else there are trends and fashions in photography which means that almost as soon as a style starts to become popular it becomes a cliché.

 In their latest guest blog post, the photo management and Canon Project1709 experts at Photoventure take a look at some of the current landscape photography clichés and suggest some alternatives to help your images stand out from the crowd.

7 common landscape photography clichés

1. Blurred water movement

It can be very effective and produce some beautiful images, but long exposure shots of water are a bit of a cliché these days.

It’s a technique that has become increasingly popular with digital photography because you can assess whether you’ve got the right result on location instead of having to wait until the film is processed.

Using a fast shutter speed freezes water movement, often giving a more natural looking result, but you need to time your shot carefully and experiment with the exposure time to produce a pleasing composition.

2. Rock in the foreground, castle in the background

It’s a composition that has been used and reused for cover images, but it’s become rather formulaic.

When you see somewhere like Banburgh Castle for the first time it’s reassuring to follow a tried and tested composition, but once you’ve got it in the bag, look for something different, perhaps experimenting with shallow depth of field or different foreground interest.

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