The modern world is overloaded with information. And if earlier people could possibly be interested in complex plots with high quality and many details, today the focus has radically shifted.
Today simplicity of forms and emotional component are more appreciated. Do not be afraid to drop shadows, expose lights, lose volume, do not chase after details and ringing sharpness. The author's view, emotions, the lightness of the photographer's hand, the ability to convey false objects with simple details - that's what is important.
You must understand that everything that could be filmed in terms of geography and facts has been filmed a long time ago. And the members of various juries know this best of all, who have seen hundreds of thousands of shots from all over the world during their careers.
Landscape photography is an exciting passion for many photographers. But it can be much more complex than initially thought. It just sounds simple: find a beautiful place, take a few shots and return home with a piece of art in a camera. Australian photographer Andrew Goodall has been in landscape photography for about 20 years, runs a gallery focused on the genre, and has heard many such opinions over the years, but finds landscape photography worthy of a thorough study.
In fact, capturing a good image of a spectacular landscape is a difficult task. A person can see the potential and beauty of a place, but conveying them in a photo in the form of a memorable image is a completely different matter, especially if you work in a place that has already been filmed a thousand times. We'll have to find a way and make a shot that will be different from the rest. Andrew Goodall provides four tips for those looking to go a little further on the landscape photography journey.
Don't try to put everything in the frame
Some of the breathtaking panoramic views are so expansive that it is simply impossible to fit them into one photo - except, perhaps, using a wide-angle lens. However, in this case, the whole picture will be reduced in size, as well as the greatness of the entire captured landscape. It is much more effective to use another technique: concentration of the composition around one of the key, interesting points of the landscape. On the one hand, viewers will recognize the area and view, and on the other, they will look at them from a new angle. In this case, you can use a large lens to emphasize the features of the landscape, to capture details that the "wide angle" would inevitably lose.
See the landscape from a different angle
Why do so many photos of amazing architectural monuments look the same? Just because they shoot them from the same points. It is easy to get a good shot from a popular observation deck - in fact, it was arranged in the most suitable place for this. The trouble is that it is almost impossible to make a unique image from it. Try to find a new angle.
Even if you have to walk around to find an interesting position, do it. We, of course, do not propose to illegally enter a closed territory or risk our own neck, but in most cases you can find an alternative to the usual angle without risking the lives of your own and those around you.
Let the environment work for you
Anyone can capture a shot of, for example, a ridge - but what about the same ridge or slope, shot through the branches of the trees in the foreground or from the side of the winding river that bends around the hill? Any landscape can be photographed from different angles, and the most obvious one is not always the best. Be a bit of an explorer - look for interesting foregrounds in nature and you can add personality to your image and create something truly unique. Taking a photo that is worth keeping as a souvenir takes some effort.