About Landscape Photos

A stunning sunrise. Majestic mountains. Rushing rivers. Nature can be awe-inspiring, and photography is an excellent medium through which to capture the beauty of a landscape. Landscape photography can be a way to see the world in all its glory and show art through life. But finding that perfect frame isn’t restricted to the likes of professional photographers such as Ansel Adams. With the proper equipment and techniques, you can take great landscape photos, too.

By definition, landscape photography is just that: pictures of nature or land. Very rarely does a landscape photograph have people in it. When it does, the person is there to show scale — how large or small an object is.

Representational photography can be thought of as, “What you see is what you get.” In this style of landscape photography, the photographer doesn’t do anything to alter the scene but captures the essence of nature. Composition of the photograph, light, timing, and weather are all important aspects when using this style. Weather and sky can also work to your advantage. Horizon lines work well for the rule of thirds. Weather can provide a sense of motion, and choosing how much sky to add to a photo will help determine scale and depth. Lines can help your landscape photos come to life, because they draw the viewer toward a focal point further back in the picture. You can include roads in landscape pictures to help lead the viewer’s eye through the picture.

Panoramic shots might convey a scene’s grandeur, but zooming in on a subject can show incredible details. Look for patterns in the land or nature. Close-ups of leaf patterns or bees zooming around a flower can be effective and beautiful photos.

Simply changing the point of view can turn a shot from so-so to stunning. A simple shot of a river may be adequate, but try walking around and examining it from other angles to get a more interesting picture. Take the time to look from all angles — including high and low vantage points — to come up with that extraordinary shot.

*Text content from How Stuff Works