Follow these tips and never take boring landscape photos again

I often feel overwhelmed by beautiful landscape ahead of me. Still, when I try to capture it in a photo, it looks a little… “meh.” If you struggle with the same issue, Tom Marsh of Yorkshire Photo Walks has us both covered. In his recent video, he shares his secrets to transforming those landscapes into captivating photos that truly reflect the scenic beauty.

In the video, Tom guides you through his process and lets you take a look through his lens –  which I find extremely useful! He breaks down his approach into five key steps:

Find a subject: Don’t settle for the wide-open vista. Look for an element – a tree, rock formation, or person – to draw the viewer’s eye into the scene.

Layer for depth: Combat the flatness by creating layers in your foreground, middle ground, and background. This can involve getting low to the ground or using a longer lens to isolate elements.

Organize the composition: Think of your frame like a puzzle. Arrange elements to guide the viewer’s eye through the scene. Consider leading lines, negative space, and the rule of thirds.

Embrace light: While not always controllable, light plays a crucial role. Golden hour (sunrise/sunset) offers warm tones and long shadows, enhancing depth. Winter landscapes can offer drama and atmosphere with their subdued colors.

Think beyond the rules: Don’t be limited by “perfect” light or seasons. Experiment! Summer landscapes can be converted to black and white for a moody feel.

Bonus tip: diversify your approach: Tom emphasizes that stunning landscape photos are possible any time of day, year-round. Play with color, black and white conversions, and different weather conditions.

By incorporating a subject, layering elements, and considering composition, you can dramatically improve your landscape photography. Remember, light and season can be helpful and work for you, but don’t be afraid to experiment and find your unique style.

[Why your landscape photos are boring | Yorkshire Photo Walks]

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