7 Common Problems in Landscape Photography

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What takes a really spectacular scene and reduces it to an ordinary snapshot? These seven problems in landscape photography are easy to resolve if you put in a little extra effort.

What takes a really spectacular scene and reduces it to an ordinary snapshot? These seven problems in landscape photography are easy to resolve if you put in a little extra effort.

1. Wrong Time of Day

Have you ever wondered why there are so many sunset shots compared to sunrise shots? It’s pretty easy to get to a good sunset (usually around 7-8pm – depending on your time zone and location). Getting up at 4-5am and getting to a good sunrise is another story completely. In addition, trying to get a decent landscape photograph at high noon it another thing that makes an otherwise good photo look like a snapshot. Great landscape photographers get up before the crack of dawn to capture the sunrises, beat the crowds, and catch the dew on the roses. Landscape photography is 80% being at the right place at the right time. Scott Kelby says “shoot at dawn and shoot at dusk” and calls this the Golden Rule of Landscape Photography!

2. Not Thinking Foreground Background

Train yourself to think in layers. The more layers you can bring to the image the more interesting. If your landscapes are looking “flat”, remember that introducing foreground elements will immediately solve that. Thinking in foreground, mid ground and background adds yet another dimension to your photographs. Extra credit for foreground that leads into background! Double extra credit for atmosphere – fog, mist, haze.

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