Using a Landscape in Art Photography
Landscape Art Photography is an essential skill in being a professional photographer, and it can take some time getting used to. However, it is very easy to understand and has the unique advantage of not being dependent on models and props. One of the tougher things about landscape art photography is to get the timing right. You may have to wait all day to get the lighting conditions and ambiance right.
Here is how to use landscape properly in art photography:
Step 1: Find POI
A point of interest is the most essential part of using the landscape as an element in art photography. The landscape being used must have an element that draws the eye of the viewer to a specific point in the photograph. This could be anything like a stream, water body, bridge or a rainbow.
Step 2: Include Foreground Objects
Including a suitable foreground object induces a sense of proportions, depth and distance. The object should be something that almost everyone knows about. This will help in producing a correct distance and depth. One of the best foreground objects to use is people.
Step 3: Rule of Thirds
This is one of the most basic rules taught in professional photography. You will make sure that the point of interest is placed either in the left or right third of the photograph. Based on the location of the point of interest, it can also be placed in the top or bottom third of the image.
Step 4: Timing
Patience is a virtue. To incorporate a landscape into an art photograph, you ought to wait for the perfect conditions. This is what differentiates a good photograph from mediocrity.
Step 5: Camera Positioning
You need to understand that what you see in the viewfinder is different from what you get off the film. There is a difference of width. You need to leave scope for edges to be cropped out. This will change the size of the picture and the thirds. So you will need to accommodate this change in positioning of the point of interest in the viewfinder.