From focal points and lighting, to weather, foreground, shutter speed and more, Professional photographer David McLain provides tips for capturing great landscape and nature photography:
Follow the Rule of Thirds
Beginners often place their subject right in the center of the frame. Make your photos more interesting by placing your focal point off to one side.
Wait for the Golden Hour
Whenever possible, shoot in dramatic light. The most flattering light tends to occur at the beginning and end of the day when the sun is low in the sky.
Shoot Even When the Weather’s Bad
Just because it’s not a perfectly sunny day doesn’t mean you won’t get great photos. Some of the most eye-catching photos are taken during storms or on cloudy days.
“Bad weather can be a good thing…”
Add layers and dimension to your photos by creating an interest point in the foreground that relates to the background.
Shoot at a Slow Shutter Speed
A slower shutter speed captures anything that moves as a blur. Use this motion blur to add mood and a sense of time to your images.
Use creative angles and different lenses to photograph your subject from different perspectives. Experiment until you get something interesting.
Sticking with these basic landscape photography tips will give your photos an instant boost.
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