15 fresh ideas for sum­mer land­scapes

Land­scapes look­ing flat­ter than a prairie? Try Tom Mackie’s fan­tas­tic ideas for breath­ing new life into your pho­tog­ra­phy

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From play­ing with scale to clever tricks with colour, we’ve got lots of great ways to give your land­scape pho­to­graphs a boost

Ev­ery­body thinks that au­tumn and win­ter are the best times of year for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy – sum­mer isn’t the sea­son that first springs (ahem) to mind. Be­cause the sun is higher in the sky in sum­mer than in other sea­sons, you may think that it’s not an ideal time to pro­duce strik­ing land­scapes. How­ever, there’s no rea­son it can’t be.

When I lived in Los An­ge­les, where it’s sum­mer all year round (even in the win­ter), I had to adapt to the harsh light. Land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy is all about work­ing with the light you have, not the light you want. Choos­ing sub­jects that work with the ex­ist­ing con­di­tions is a great way to train your­self to con­sis­tently come up with the goods.

The sum­mer hol­i­days are upon us, so here are some ideas to help you think dif­fer­ently about land­scapes. Wher­ever in the world you are with your cam­era, you can ap­ply these ideas to get the cre­ative juices flow­ing.

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