100 Tips - Landscape - #03 Observation
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams
In this series of weekly blog posts I will share my top 10 tips broken down into 10 stages for better landscape shots. This will reveal my top 100 tips for landscape photography.
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Take time to get in the zone
Start off without your camera – just use your eyes to look
Look at what catches your attention and why
Look for a focal point to anchor the eye in the shot
Look for foreground interest
Look for leading lines and direction flows
Look for patterns, symmetry and tones in the scene
Look for contrasting or complimentary colours and textures
Look whether to include or exclude the sky
Look for potential movement and how to capture or freeze
Look for direction of light – try to get sidelight
When you arrive on location, unless there is some amazing photo opportunity immediately, take the first 10-20mins to just observe and get yourself into the zone. Look for potential shots before you get your camera out of the bag.