Jason Parnell-Brookes walks you through useful compositional techniques to make your landscape images really sing
Useful tried-and-tested compositional techniques to make landscape images really sing
We’ve joined Nikon School UK in the Lake District for a ‘Nikon Meetup’ landscape masterclass. We’re going to show you how to shoot a landscape image with interesting foreground elements. We’ll use these elements to our advantage, enhancing the scene with specific creative compositional techniques, like leading lines and framing.
When you arrive at a particularly pleasant vista, avoid the temptation to start shooting straight away. Often the best compositions are found with the eye first, and the camera later. When assessing the scene you should also be aware of how different lenses affect your photo. Wide-angle lenses include a wider view of the scene, but they also introduce barrel distortion where the centre of the photo appears to bulge, and straight lines around the edges of the frame bend and warp. Telephoto lenses do the opposite of this by compressing close-up and faraway objects, which makes them seem closer together, but also makes it more difficult to get foreground and background elements in focus simultaneously. With that in mind, and Nikon in hand, let’s take a look at where to begin.