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Landscapes

If you think landscapes aren’t hard-wired into our thinking, the next time you print a photograph, check out the name applied to the “wide” orientation in your printer’s Setup dialog box. You may be printing an abstract image, a photo of a football game, or even a group portrait, but the name applied to a picture or document that’s wider than it is tall is landscape. Scenics have been a favorite subject for artists throughout history, from Da Vinci to Dali to Daguerre. In fact, you have to go back to the cave paintings of Lascaux to find artists who overwhelmingly preferred things like cattle to Mother Nature.

Seven Simple Rules for Composing Your Landscapes

Landscape photos, in particular, are an opportunity for you to create thoughtful and interesting compositions. Those mountains aren’t going anywhere. You’re free to move around a bit to get the best angle, and, unless you’re including people in your pictures for scale, you don’t have to worry about an impatient subject. If you can’t pull all the elements of a scenic photograph together to create a pleasing composition, you’re not trying hard enough.


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