Whether you're on a trip or just feel like capturing the beautiful views around you, I'm sure that landscape photography is something that you would always find yourself dabbling in. Let me share with you a handful of tips to help you take better landscape photos.
Every now and then, we lomographers love to dabble on landscape photography. Especially with amazing cameras like the Lomo LC-A+ and the Lomo LC-Wide in hand, a good landscape photo is always in order, whether it’s a picturesque mountain view or a scenic seaside scenery before you. If you’re looking into improving your landscape photography, let me share with a handful of basic tips to help you improve your composition and take better landscape photos, regardless of the film or camera you use.
1. Split your frame into two.
One of the very first approaches you can try when shooting landscapes, regardless of what camera you use, is to divide your frame into two distinct parts. It could be two complementary colors or two different patterns/textures set against each other. It could be the blue sky against a green field or mountain range, or the azure sky against the darker turquoise shade of the sea.
2. Look for a focal point.
Every landscape photo needs to have a focal point, a centerpiece that demands the undivided attention of your viewers. It should be the star of your photo, so to speak. It can come in many forms, such as an interesting structure, a unique rock formation, a stunning island or a beautiful mountain range in the horizon.
3. Look up to the skies.
Sometimes, a landscape photo will need a little help from the skies. If you see that the sky above the horizon has a beautiful cloud formation or dramatic hues during a sunrise or sunset, make it the star of your photo and give it the dominant space in your frame. Place the horizon lower to make sure you capture as much of the scenic sky as possible.
4. Take note of textures.
Nature offers many textures that can make your photos even more interesting. Take a look at the leaves, flowers, sand, rocks, soil, and other elements, and find a way to integrate them in your landscapes for added contrast.
5. Add some interesting elements to your landscapes.
Last but not the least, try adding some eye-catching elements to your landscapes. While not exactly focal points, they should complement the landscape well. It could be an interesting framing, a shadow, a silhouette, or structure that doesn’t compete with your scenery.
All of these are just some of basic stuff you can try when shooting landscape photos. Go ahead and experiment; find a technique that suits your style! I know you all have a tip or two to share with all of us who like shooting landscapes, so why don’t you tell us about it with a comment below!