There is a certain excitement to shooting landscapes, more than most people would assume of this seemingly quiet activity to be; the fact is few other facets of photography are as rewarding as landscape photography, not when you take into account the rich rewards one can elicit from generating images of our beautiful planet.
Of course the key to success here lies in actually executing the process of landscape photography accurately; because many a photographer can attest to encountering some impressively awe inspiring landscapes, only to generate less than stellar material through their cameras. Many professional photographers specialise in various aspects of photography such as weddings, commercial or sports photography but few actually earn a living through the art of landscape photography.
There are indeed crucial elements one must take into account to allow the magnificence of a landscape to shine through the virtual world of a photograph. Probably that one element of landscape photography that too many individuals are quick to forget is the matter of the ‘rule of thirds’ as it is called, the name pretty much sums the concept up, requiring that a photographer make considerable attempts to include all three of the most important elements of a landscape image in their shot, this including the sky, horizon and foreground.
Of course learning the ‘rule of thirds’ or any other photographic compositional device and actually mastering it are two completely different elements. To learn the rule of thirds is to simply take its existence into consideration and apply it accordingly in any given shot. Mastering the rule requires knowing, not only when to apply it, but when to break it as well, when to determine that a given shot, such as a sunrise, requires more horizon than sky and foreground. It can be a difficult balance to strike.
If the ‘rule of thirds’ is crucial in landscape photography, then detail is amongst the most essential, understanding the right amount of focused intricacy required to turn what would have been flat imagery into something worth admiring in a photo by determining the best elements in the foreground to bring attention to.
Though one might argue that the true determinant of quality in any given landscape photo is the angle that the photographer chooses to utilize; sometimes photographers can only create blandness in their shots because they aren’t willing to adjust according to the scenario in play, unable to realize that there is indeed an art in taking a landscape that is truly inspiring to the naked eye and translating it to an equally inspiring photograph.
There is something to be said about timing, understanding the need to give up a few hours early in the morning or late in the evening to get that perfect shot and find the perfect light. If the angle one utilizes when taking a landscape photograph is crucial to the quality produced, then it might be important for one to consider the necessity of allowing the landscape to achieve its own perfect angle before taking your shot. It is inevitable that certain shots will only achieve perfection at certain inconvenient times of the day or night.