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Top tips for successul landscape photography

Landscape photography is a passion and a complicated topic. It shows the spaces in the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. I’ve listed below my top 4 tips to add more impact and mood to your landscape photos. I hope you find these brief pointers useful – let me know in the comments section below!

 Capture patterns and textures

Laurence Sweeney Photography - St Marys Lighthouse Whitley Bay

When taking a landscape photo in colour it’s easy for the different elements of the image to blend together, especially if you convert the image to black and white. It’s easier for the eye to differentiate strong distinctive shapes so by taking the time to emphasise natural patterns, shapes and textures (such as walls or trees) you’ll find you can create a strong photo, in particular when the subject provides a leading line into the landscape and is isolated from what’s around them.

Utilise water in all its forms

Laurence Sweeney Photography - Good Friday Sunrise

Rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea often play a big part in my landscape photos because it can add a sense of movement to what would otherwise be a static photo. Reflections can add depth and both warm and frozen conditions can add another element of interest.

Trees can be fascinating

Laurence Sweeney Photography - Gosforth Park Trees Newcastle

In my opinion the humble tree is photogenic at any time of year, either stood on its own or shoulder-to-shoulder in a dense forest. Tress can offer a striking scene of tranquillity and scale. They also make excellent textures for use with other photos at a later date.

Use captivating skies

Laurence Sweeney Photography - South Shields February Sunrise

Interesting skies can occur at any time of the day, at any time of the year. They can change the overall focus and feeling of a photo. Check your histogram to make sure your clouds aren’t too bright and make sure you’re ready to capture an interesting formation as soon as you see it. White clouds in a blue sky can really lift an image while dark, rain-filled clouds add drama.

For more tips on using patterns and textures I recommend reading this tutorial and for tips on how to photograph interesting skies check out this tutorial both by ePhotoZine.

If you are interested in organisation a professional landscape photo please contact me, I would love to hear from you.

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