PLAN­NING IS POWER

Cre­at­ing unique land­scape com­po­si­tions can be dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially when you’re spoiled for choice

Digital Photograper - - Pawel Zygmunt -

a big chal­lenge faced by land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers is iso­lat­ing a sin­gle sub­ject, amongst the plethora of fram­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties you might find at a lo­ca­tion. Pawel adopts a clas­sic strat­egy to solv­ing this prob­lem. “i al­ways try to be on lo­ca­tion as early as pos­si­ble, at least two hours be­fore sun­rise or sun­set, so i can en­joy the place and feel it be­fore i start tak­ing any pic­tures,” he ex­plains. “i have time to walk around, to look for some point of in­ter­est or to just sit down and watch the chang­ing light. i usu­ally know what i am go­ing to pho­to­graph be­fore i go, as i do some re­search at home. Know­ing my main sub­ject, i look for some­thing which can lead the eye to it. Some­times, when i find my­self in a sit­u­a­tion where it’s dif­fi­cult to find a strong com­po­si­tion, i try to make it up by catch­ing great light.” By leav­ing time to ex­plore all of the pos­si­ble per­spec­tives, Pawel is able to bet­ter match his pre-imag­ined cre­ative vi­sion, re­sult­ing in a more ef­fi­cient and less stress­ful pho­to­shoot. this demon­strates how good use of time yields more suc­cess­ful shots. His ap­proach also en­ables him to bet­ter en­joy his sur­round­ings and cre­ate a con­nec­tion with the scene.

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