52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 42 - Landscape

October 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This week your challenge is to photograph a Landscape.  Your landscape may have a road or path even a small building or shed, or fence in the picture, but those things must not become the subject, the landscape must be the subject.

If you’re not quite sure where to start, have a look at the work of others.  I don’t mean copying them but learning from them.  Have a look at how they have composed the image, look at the light, the ideas and the vision they had.  Ask yourself the question; what is it about this image that I like?  How has the creator of this image made me like it the way I do?  Eventually you will create your own style and vision.

If you’re planning a photography trip do some research first.  Find out when sunrise and sunset is to make the most of the beautiful light those times offer.  You may go in the middle of the day when the light is too harsh and have to wait till later as the light softens and the shadows lengthen.

When arriving at your chosen destination do some area scouting.  Explore the area to find the best spots to take the photos from.  Pre-visualise your shots and get some compositions in mind before you actually take them.

Avoid clutter.  Only include the things in the frame that you want the viewer to see.  The best photos are clean and simple.  If cars or unwanted items are in the way, try a different angle.

You may want to include foreground interest.  Don’t just rely on a colourful sky to make your photo interesting, add foreground elements such as rocks, and maybe water or a tree to help balance out the photo and draw the viewer into the shot.

Leading lines are a great way to draw the viewers’ eye into the photos. Roads, paths, fences are such examples.

Now go and find some beautiful light and capture that magical Landscape with your camera.  Remember, enjoy yourself and have fun this week.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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