3 Tips for Better Landscape Photos

by Eliza Donovan
by Eliza Donovan

There is no end to nature’s beauty and perhaps that’s why landscape photography is so popular. But in the end, very few people shoot truly amazing landscapes. Why? Because landscape photography is not that easy to master, as it requires lots of time, skill and traveling flexibility. Anyway, that’s the general belief. But you can still take great landscape photos with your phone, point-and-shoot or dSLR if you follow these simple tips.

1. Use Correct White Balance Settings

It’s so easy to take photos using auto white balance settings, but the result is often dull. That’s because the automatic settings try to smooth out any differences and make a photo look balanced (and bland). It’s true that auto white balance works well a lot of the time, but if you want to shoot stunning landscapes during the golden hour or the blue hour, it’s best to set your white balance manually. If you don’t know how to do that, try using the “Daylight” white balance preset during the golden hour for warmer tones and a more realistic look. Also don’t be afraid to play with white balance and shoot the same scene using different presets. The results will often be surprising (you can get rid of the shots you don’t need later on with the help of Duplicate Photo Cleaner).

2. Have a Foreground

A very common mistake we make when shooting landscape is lack of foreground. A landscape without a foreground doesn’t hold the viewer’s eye the same way as a landscape with a foreground subject. So, if the scene allows, make sure there’s a foreground subject somewhere in the lower third of your composition.

3. Don’t Clutter Your Composition

Sometimes you take a shot of a stunningly beautiful landscape only to find that the photo is nowhere near as beautiful as the original. This is because our eye can isolate things while the camera can’t. So, if the scene is cluttered, the photo will lose that special something. If possible, try to declutter the scene by removing a rock, a branch, or shooting from a different angle to avoid a tree getting in the way. Go from more to less and select the best shot when you have several you can compare.

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