Tips for Improving Framing and Depth in Landscape Photos
Finding an eye-catching foreground or background element to capture will help create more interesting landscape photos.
One key to creating stunning photographs is to think in terms of layers. In landscape photography especially, this can mean different levels of depths such as a foreground, midground and background to create a depth of field. Utilising good depth of field will bring out the different objects in the photo, making landscapes more stimulating to look at. Here are some tips on how to best capture this depth and framing in landscape photos:
Make Use of Foreground Elements
Using interesting elements in the foreground creates a sense of depth in photography. This can be anything from a boulder, to a set of stairs, to a fishing boat in the sea. Placing something at the forefront of the frame draws the viewer into the photo and encourages them to explore more of its elements.
Remember to experiment with various camera angles and settings to capture the best composition.
Try Different Camera Angles
No matter what camera you’re using, there are always different angles to experiment with. For example, lowering the camera close to the ground gives the illusion of being in the photo itself and creates an impressive composition. Highlighting foreground elements such as spikes, branches or rocks from this unique angle creates a 3D effect, heightening the level of impact the photo has.
Play Around With Settings
Using a wide angle lens and adjusting aperture and shutter speed are two quick but effective ways to capture depth in a landscape photo. Increasing the aperture provides more focus to the foreground elements and blurring the background, while varying shutter speed can create a long or short exposure time. Both of these settings and lenses can also contribute to light and shadow in the photo, creating a more eye-catching image.
Adding affectations such as HDR can make a photo look more vibrant.
Play With Effects
Experimenting with photo effects can make a big difference. For example, high dynamic range (HDR) photography adds that little bit of extra colour, contrast and sharpness to the image. Other effects such as HDR black and white or portrait mode also give the photo a distinct look that stands out from the normal, single-exposure photos.
Knowing how to create depth and framing in landscape photos will bring your work to the next level.
Capturing and correctly utilising depth and framing in landscape photos takes practice but with a few simple techniques, you’ll be able to significantly improve the quality of your shots. Finding and highlighting interesting elements such as foreground elements or shadows with different angles and settings can take your photos from good to great