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Photography Tips - Article 2: Landscapes

Author: Richard Clarke, The Portrait Studio Published: 24th June 2012 20:08

Another of our favourite subjects to take photographs of are landscapes, our beautiful countryside gives us unlimited potential and variety for great shots. With a few basic guidelines we can make sure what we see ends up being just as beautiful when we take a photograph.


Vibrant colour in pictures always catches our attention, bold use of primary colours such as red, yellow or blue, and where possible contrasting these colours in the same scene adds a dynamic element to our pictures.

Spring landscape by Richard Clarke of The Portrait Studio

Contrasting primary colours for a bold effect

Black and White

When looking at any scene to be photographed, "learning to see" in Black and White is a great skill to acquire and only come with practice. The monochromatic tones of black and white lend a completely different dynamic to a scene and can have far more impact.

Black and white landscape by Richard Clarke of the Portrait Studio

In colour the muddy brown tones of this river bank looked dull and uninteresting


The rule of thirds is probably the one thing I try and remember in just about any picture I am taking be it landscape, portrait or any other genre. Simply put, it is placing points of interest in your image on the third, or where those thirds intersect.


If this diagram was our viewfinder or scene we could place our horizon a third up or down, or have a single tree a third from the left or right.

Sun on the horizon by Richard Clarke of The Portrait Studio

Horizon line a third of the way up

Watch the light

Dull grey days rarely make for great landscapes, you might have to visit a favourite location time and time again until the light is right. Always always carry your camera as you never know when you will just be in the right place at the right time.
Shooting early morning or late in the afternoon is generally a good time for landscapes, midday sun can be quite flat and boring, where as the long shadows from early or late sunlight can add an extra dimension to your photography.

Boats in early morning by Richard Clarke of The Portrait Studio

Early morning soft light

The above are just a few hints and tips that will hopefully help you to take better landscapes but remember, for every tip and suggestion there is always an exception, so don't take things to literally, the best way to improve your photography is just to get out there and see what works for you.

Thank you Richard for his second contribution to AboutMyArea/EN9 website. Looking forward to more interesting and informative photography articles to come.

Richard Clarke ABIPP is a qualified photographer who has won numerous National and regional awards for his work. He runs The Portrait Studio in Waltham Abbey, which specialises in family portrait and wedding photography. His photographic studio is set in the stunning Gunpowder Park and offers the opportunity for indoor studio photos and outside dramatic landscape shots too.

He also runs Richard Clarke training, which organises 1:1 courses on all aspects of photography training from complete beginners to professional.

Their studio is also available for hire for meetings on week days, please get in touch for details.

For more information on The Portrait Studio which is located in the unique and beautiful landscape of Gunpowder Park, please see their website: http://www.theportraitstudio.org/

If you would like to contribute to this website, please get in touch by calling 01992 651066 or email jeffen9@aboutmyarea.co.uk  


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