Landscape Fundamentals: 10 Tips for Better Landscape Composition

Stop pulling your hair out wondering why your landscape photos aren’t turning out and try these tips!

Landscape photography is one of the easier photography niches to get into, while simultaneously being one of the harder disciplines to really master and be known for. But assuming your goal is simply to take better landscape photography, there are some things you should have in mind while you are out in nature looking to capture the beauty of the world around you.

This YouTube video from Shubert Photography offers a quick look at 10 tips for basic landscape photography composition. These are not earth-shattering, nor are they going to help you stand out, but they will give you some solid, basic tips on things to consider when you are composing your images to maximize the opportunities around you and increase the potential to capture an image that catches the attention of your fans.

I am not going to list all 10 tips here: make sure you watch the video for those. But I do want to point out a couple that I think are really key to remember. The first of those is to utilize an element of your environment in your foreground. So often we see landscape images with expansive mountain ranges or flowing rivers in the background, but nothing of interest in the foreground. In a truly epic situation this can be good enough for an interesting shoot. But often times, an element in the foreground can add a lot of interest to the shot, providing a reference point for the viewer to gauge the magnitude of the land you are photographing

The other tip I wanted to point out is all about perspective. This is so key because often times you see a wall of photographers at these popular landscape photography locations and they are all standing at a normal height with their lenses at eye level, pointed directly at the subject of their image. This is fine for snapshots, but often times what can make for the most interesting images is showing your viewers something from a perspective that they have not seen before. So really think about how you can show something to them in a way they may not have seen before – that is how you catch attention.

For more great photography videos and tips make sure and check out Shubert Photography on Youtube. But before you go, let us know your landscape photography tips below — what else would you add to this list?

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.