Landscape photography seems as straightforward as it can get: just aim your camera towards a nice view, get the right angle and framing, and press that shutter. However, learning a few tricks on technique and gear can certainly help you elevate your work and separate it from the rest.
Albert Dros, an award-winning professional photographer from the Netherlands, shared on the r/photography subreddit one simple yet incredibly useful tip that promises to “open up a whole new world.” All you need is 16mm wide angle lens or wider (full-frame equivalent), a small textured surface to serve as your foreground, and a good view (naturally).
Albert’s quick tip reads in full as follows:
Use a wide angle (preferably 16mm or wider, full frame equivalent) and get EXTREMELY close to objects. Get as close as the lens can focus (or even closer). With this technique, you can find foregrounds literally anywhere. Small textures can look huge in a photo. Try to get very low to the ground and look through your camera’s viewfinder or live view and see how the foregrounds look on the picture. When you get to a location, look for small details on the ground instead of the ‘main’ subject and view you will focus on.
To help you visualize, here’s how a photo taken using this technique looks like (above) along with a couple of behind-the-scenes shots to show how Albert did it (below):
Looks cool, no? By simply going wide, close, and low, you can easily offer new perspectives on your photographs.
Landscape photography is one topic we’ve discussed quite a few times in detail here on the site. We’ve dished out tips such as how to choose the right landscape photography lens for you, how to be better at landscape composition, and how to create and compose a great landscape photo. We also have the Ultimate Landscape Photographer’s Tutorial Guide for 2017.
Stuck in a rut? Let photographer and filmmaker Adam Karnacz tell you how you can rediscover your passion for landscape photography and be inspired by these incredible landscape photographs. Better yet, listen to the legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams talk about himself and his craft in this series of interviews.