Com­pose land­scapes

Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes walks you through use­ful com­po­si­tional tech­niques to make your land­scape images re­ally sing

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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.

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