Photographing Landscapes Page 2

If your camera has a built-in zoom lens, the wide-angle setting is an obvious choice for landscape photography because you can include a lot of the scene. But avoid creating a picture that's too flat-looking. A well-placed river or road can serve as an interesting leading line, which guides the viewer's eye through the photo. Also, be aware of the horizon. Be sure it's level in your photos, as a crooked horizon line can be distracting. And be aware of the "Rule of Thirds." The sky should usually be in the upper third of the photo unless you feel it's an important part of the picture, then it should encompass two-thirds.
After you shoot a broader view, zoom in to capture details of the scene. For example, when photographing a red-rock landscape, try isolating the texture or shape of one of the most interesting rock formations. You may find that these simple compositions will result in your most powerful images.

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