“Photography, as a powerful medium …offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” –Ansel Adams
Take a look at any landscape photography book or website –and you’ll find plenty of helpful rules and guidelines to follow. From the rule of thirds to the overwhelmingly popular advice to always use a wide angle –there’s no shortage of advice and tips for landscape photography.
Most of the time, rules are important –and taking the time to learn tried and true photography guidelines is the best way to lay a solid foundation for your photography –helping you to get the best start possible. After all, you’ll need to learn what all those dials and buttons on your camera do, in order to get the most out of it!
But once you’ve mastered some of the rules, and familiarized yourself with the popular techniques –there are really no limits to what’s possible in terms of creativity and personal expression! The rules, while essential for a good foundation –can also serve as a jumping off point –that you can expand upon or break –depending upon your desired results with the composition at hand.
If you’re feeling stuck in a creative rut –or looking for some ideas and inspiration for capturing unique and fun images that are different from the crowd, here’s a look at some of the most common landscape photography guidelines –and tips for breaking them effectively!
Rule #1: The Rule of Thirds
Let’s face it –the rule of thirds can be helpful –and a great way to compose your images. Sometimes, though, a composition may call for the main focal point to be placed in the middle of the image. This is especially true if you’re capturing a subject with symmetry –or for situations where you wish to showcase the grandeur and scale of a subject, compositions that can often be enhanced by placing the main focal point dead center.