Top Landscape Composition Techniques for Breathtaking Photos
In this article,There are simple landscape photography composition tips – so that you can start creating beautiful, flowing, dynamic, balanced landscape images.
Specifically, you’ll discover:
- How to draw the viewer straight into the scene (and keep them wanting more!)
- How to position your horizons for maximum dynamism and balance
- A simple trick for minimalistic landscape shots
- A cool technique to focus the viewer exactly where you want them
- Much more!
So if you’re ready to take your landscape compositions to the next level, let’s dive right in, starting with my number-one most useful technique:
1. Include a main subject to engage the viewer
To instantly level up your landscape compositions, here’s how you should start:
By including a clear, identifiable subject in each photo.
The subject can be anything: a rock. A mountain. A river. A shell on the beach. Waves crashing on the shore. Lightning in the sky.
The point is to include at least one element in your photo that the viewer can grab onto – something that them into the frame and piques their interest. Otherwise, your viewer will become confused. They won’t know where to focus, so they’ll move on to a different image and never look back.
2. Use the rule of thirds to position your key elements
The rule of thirds is one of my favorite landscape composition tools. It’s a great way to get started with composition, and it’ll give you an easy way to arrange key elements within the frame, like your main subject, your horizon, and other supporting elements.
For those unfamiliar with the rule of thirds, here’s a quick explanation:
The rule of thirds tells you to split your composition into vertical and horizontal thirds, so you end up with a series of gridlines. Then, for the most powerful compositions, you should place compositional elements along those gridlines (and at their intersection points).
3. Use foreground interest to create depth
Most landscape photos, even the ones, include background interest (such as a distant mountain, a dramatic sunset, or a house on a cliff).
But if you want to really take your landscapes to the next level, I highly recommend including foreground interest, which should sit somewhere between your camera and the background. (It’s also referred to as the near-far composition technique.)
This is a powerful tool, one that’s insanely popular among today’s professional landscape photographers. And the reason it’s so popular? It helps create the illusion of depth in a scene.
For instance, a photo of a distant mountain can look nice, but it often appears rather flat.
But add some grass close to the camera, and the whole composition immediately deepens. The viewer first focuses on the foreground grass, then moves into the midground, then finally sees the stunning mountain in the background.
So the next time you find a beautiful background subject, like the mountain I mentioned above. take a few moments to look for foreground interest. Then include both foreground and background in a single shot.
Note that the foreground interest can be a discrete subject, like a patch of grass. Or it can simply lead the eye into the frame,