Create fine art prints with landscape photography
1. Use a wide-angle lens
Wide-angle lenses allow photographers to capture images that illustrate nature’s expanse, while the lenses’ inherit depth of field means pretty much everything will be in sharp focus.
These lenses also have a tendency to add some distortion at the edges of the frame, which can be a positive and a negative. On the positive side, clouds can be transformed into sweeping photo elements that add drama. On the negative, trees and plants can be bent. So just be sure to pay attention to the edges of the frame.
2. Find an interesting angle
Most people see an interesting view of a swamp, mountain or creek and just point their cameras and take a few photos. Capturing true works of art requires more.
So look for a different angle than the obvious. One great strategy is to get as low as possible, even lying on the ground.
3. Compose with a strong foreground element
Showcase something that grabs your attention makes awesome landscape photography. A cool tree. A beautiful flower. Some wild rocks. Combine a strong foreground element with a wide-angle lens, and the results are sure to wow you.
4. Take long exposures
The longer the exposure the deeper the depth of field. Long exposures also transforms water into wispy cotton. So keep the shutter open as long as possible.
In low-light situations that’s pretty easy, but when sunlight becomes strong you can use a neutral density filter to cut down the amount of light entering the lens to elevate your landscape photography.
5. Keep the horizon straight
Nothing ruins an otherwise great image than a crooked horizon. So make sue it’s straight. Professional DSLRs and many upper-level amateur cameras make it easy by providing grids on the viewfinder system, so turn that function on and use it as a reference point.