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100 Tips - Landscape - #08 Simplification

100 Tips for Landscape Photography #08

“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.  

If you can't wait the 10 weeks to read them all, or would prefer to have them in pocket handbook to refer to when in the field then you can purchase the Photography Made Easy Pocket Handbook for Landscape photography. 

Get the full Pocket Guide for Tips to Better Landscapes now for £5.95

#08 Simplification

Less is more

1.          Can you restrict your composition to just 2 or 3 elements

2.         Have you left enough space to allow subjects to breathe

3.         Do subjects stand in their own space - no overlapping or colliding

4.         Zoom to isolate subject and compress distance

5.         Go minimalist – sometimes the best images say the least

6.         Look for layers in the landscape – prominent or subtle

7.         Look for simple symmetry, patterns and lines – use space

8.         Look for texture & focus differentiation to emphasise subjects.

9.         Make sure you image tells a story or shows intention clearly.

10.       Subject + Composition + Lighting - are the 3 tenets of an image.

Simplifying shots is often the turn key to becoming a better photographer and making photos with more impact and appeal. It takes time for your eye & mind to see the extraordinary in the ordinary so been patient and persistent but always keep it simple.