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The Landscape Photography Handbook: Your Guide to Taking Better Landscape Photographs

The Landscape Photography Handbook: Your Guide to Taking Better Landscape Photographs

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The Landscape Photography Handbook: Your Guide to Taking Better Landscape Photographs

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Oct 3, 2014


The Landscape Photography Handbook is an installment in the Photography Essentials Series. This guide to all things landscapes is designed to cover multiple topics that will help you shoot better landscape photographs. The Landscape Photography Handbook will take you through the topics of composition, how to shoot various types of landscape photographs, different tools to use for your landscape photography, landscape photography gear, how to plan a shoot, and much more. Implementing the lessons covered in The Landscape Photography Handbook will help you take more detailed, and better composed landscape photographs that will improve your photography portfolio.

Oct 3, 2014

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Raised in Middle Tennessee, I have always been interested in photography. During high school I was able to enhance my delight for fine art photography through the use of a Canon 35mm film camera and developing my own photos in a dark room. My interests continued as I traveled to Australia during college. I was able to find a strong passion for being outdoors while finding beauty in nature and capturing the moment in a photograph. My degree in geography helps me understand and appreciate the formations that I enjoy visiting. After graduating, I returned to Nashville. Since being back in Nashville I took private lessons to make my photographs have strong lighting and compositions fundamentals. I have worked extremely hard to translate my knowledge of geography and photography to the fine art world. I have been recognized as an award winning photographer in my region and have been featured in several interviews for my work and inspiration. I am known as an up-and-coming photographer with a very unique style and method. When I am not working on photography I enjoy spending time with my wife, watching sports, reading, studying scripture, and spending time with family and friends. Artist Statement: It is my goal to produce exceptional fine art that is both artistically inspirational and compositionally superb. When I go into the field to work after studying the location tirelessly, I have an image in mind of how I want the final product to look. To reproduce the image I have imagined, I use an assortment of lenses, tools, and effects so that the piece of art you see matches the one I first created mentally. When I am creating a piece of work I turn through mental lessons and experiences to get a Scriptural inspiration for the scene that is unfolding in front of me. I do this because I want the artwork to represent the passion and inspiration that I pour into it. Each piece of art is independently inspired, and once I complete my work I title it by the very verse or collection of verses that came to my mind during the creation process. Each day is unique and I try to reflect God’s creativity in my work. As far as composition is concerned, I create a sense of invitation to my photographs. Leading lines, rhythm, repetition, contrast, and balance all go into consideration when I am planning on visiting a location and while I am in the field creating my vision. I intentionally go through composition principals so that each piece of artwork will be as aesthetically parallel to the inspiration and hard work that goes into it. If I believe my work has achieved what I set out to do I will add it to my collection, but only if it is of the highest quality possible. I create images that are not commonly seen so that they can be individually cherished and inspirational forms of artwork.

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The Landscape Photography Handbook - David Johnston

Photography Essential Series:

The Landscape Photography Handbook

By David Johnston

Copyright 2014 David Johnston

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Chapter 1: Composition

A quick thought: Before we get into the technology of landscape photography, it’s important to first understand how to compose a photograph. Composition lays out important guidelines one should consider before pressing the shutter to freeze a moment in time. While some photographers might call composition a series of strict rules to follow, I prefer to call them guidelines. Sometimes the most important composition tool is your own creativity, and that doesn’t always fall into one of the so called rules. So, if you have a creative vision, it’s alright to ditch the rulebook and shoot the way you want. However, using composition guidelines will definitely help you construct more interesting photographs, and even lead to more creative ideas for future photos.

Ansel Adams, the master of landscape photography, had a lot to say about photography, mainly landscape composition. He was quoted saying, A good photograph is knowing where to stand, There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept, and You don't take a photograph, you make it.

So, how do we, as landscape photography junkies, know where to stand, develop a sharp concept, and make a photograph? The answer is developing a full understanding of landscape photography composition.

Composition is the placement or arrangement of objects to create a work of art. It's of the utmost importance to compose a photo before you start snapping the shutter. It doesn't matter if you place a photo of an ocean sunset next to a properly composed photo of your backyard. The properly composed photo will win every time.

So, let's explore some landscape photography composition guidelines.

Not the Rule of Thirds

The second I said composition I bet half of you immediately thought I would talk about the rule of thirds. Yes, the rule

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