Bite Size Tips: A Simple Way To Dramatically Change Your Landscapes


Did you know that the way in which you orient your camera can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your landscapes? Often times, the objective of a landscape is to highlight a specific landform or human-made structure.

In other words, the focal point of your image could be anything from a towering skyscraper to a sprawling canyon. Therefore, it’s important for photographers to consider what it is that they’d like to accentuate and create a complementary composition.

Consider mountains as a classic example of how different perspectives can lend themselves to a photograph. Take a look at the images included below

Many people are naturally inclined to shoot landscapes horizontally. In fact, the term “landscape” has become synonymous with photographs oriented horizontally.

In this case, holding the camera horizontally allowed the photographer to capture a large section of the mountain range in her image. However, this is not the only “right” solution to photographing this particular subject.

Image by Sabrina Ripke Fotografie

In contrast, this image, oriented vertically, puts the emphasis entirely on something else (despite the subject matter being very similar). This composition forces the viewer to focus on the height of a single peak rather than the vast area taken up by the mountain range.

Image by MaxxMcgee

When push comes to shove, there is no right or wrong way to take a landscape. In fact, often times it’s helpful for photographers to take images of a subject of interest from both vantage points.  However, it’s important to consider the power perspective has, on the look of an image. Often times, the tradition of shooting a landscape horizontally will create stunning results.

However, if you’re photographing a subject that might lend itself well to vertical orientation – like a tall tree, cascading waterfall, or a colorful sky – you may just want to consider switching things up.

Image from Pexels by Zukiman Mohamad

For more incredibly useful landscape photography tips that take things a lot further than our Bite Size Tips series, take a look at Kent DuFault's Landsacape Photography Guide.

What We Recommend for Landscape Photography

Want to really hone down your landscape photography skills? Then these are the premium resources that will take you there if you put in the work to follow them.

  1. landscape photography icon  Landscape Photography Guide – This is a detailed guide by Kent Dufault that will give you all of the basics of shooting landscapes. It covers setup, basic composition, lighting and gear. This is a great all-rounder guide.
  2. photography icon  The Landscape Magic Lightroom Toolkit – When you are ready to start post-production on your landscape photos, then this toolkit gives your specially developed Lightroom presets, brushes and filters that will make them pop. It also comes with a shooting guide and several landscape photo “recipes” so you can follow along.
  3. abstract photography icon  Advanced Composition – The fact is that a great landscape requires great composition. If you want to take your landscape shots well beyond the rule of thirds, then this is the guide you will want to take very seriously.

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Dahlia is a stock photographer and full time educator at Light Stalking. You can find her on Gurushots and see some of her more popular articles at The American Society of Media Photographers. Get to know her better here.

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