In this video Tom Mackie shares 7 composition tips for landscape photography and explores a wide range of photography composition rules.
Covering everything from the rule of thirds to leading lines, Tom will help you answer the question of; how to take landscape photos.
From photography composition for beginners to advanced landscape photography composition, Tom explains the techniques you need to improve your photography in this landscape photography composition tutorial, with step by step guides and illustrative example images from his portfolio.
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hi everyone it's Tom Maki here now I'm just back from a trip from Slovenia and while I was on the plane I was thinking about what video could I put together for you guys and I thought yeah some compositional tips so here are seven really important tips about improving your compositions number one leading lines it's the obvious one that everybody expects to hear and rightly so because it is crucial it's probably one of the major parts of creating or designing and composition so some leading lines are obvious and others are not but in this image here that I took in the deserts of Arizona it's really obvious these really beautiful sweeping lines guide your your eye right through the the frame into the subject and whereas in this shot of fell foot farm in the Lake District and I've used the the wall to guide your eye into the the frame right up to the farmhouse and the tree is over on the left third the farm is over on the right third so the leading lines and that are a little bit more subtle than in the previous shot now you can also create your own leading lines as I did with this image in the Fulton I was doing a workshop there and I said yeah this is a great location to do a blue hour shot so we set up alongside the road and we waited for the cars to come through using a 30 second exposure you're getting that long leading lines of the the car taillights taking your eye in and because there's an s-shape I'll come to that later s shapes are always great for introducing into your compositions okay number two rule of thirds now rule of thirds is is a very key element to designing an image but it's surprising how many photographers actually forget about it now in this image of stone barn and Provence that is obvious it's if the barn is placed right in the rule of third I'm using the lines again of the the rows leading lines leading right up to the barn and I'm also using a shallow depth of focus to actually create a little bit more depth to the scene so your eye goes to what's sharp straight away so I'm using that foreground out-of-focus purposely by using a long telephoto now that's rule of thirds onto the next thing is number three framing so let me explain what I mean by framing often you can get really natural elements in your scene that you can use for framing your composition such as a tree branch or something like that coming in over your scene but often I always want to make sure my branch is very symmetrical and it's it's covering the frame nicely but in this image here I used a dead log by this lake so I came in really low and this really old gnarly branch coming up over the the the mountains framed it beautifully so I used that that's a natural part of framing so natural framing here's another example of that where I've used north window at artists National Park to frame turret arch in the background now these are great it's a classic shot everybody does it but when you're out in wilderness like this find natural elements that will frame your subject and then going on to I mentioned about framing with branches I was on a recent shoot in Switzerland and I was hiking down the side of the mountain and I came across around the corner and there were the map there was the Matterhorn there and it was just beautifully framed with these large trees on both sides so but it was crucial to get them out of horn symmetrically between those framing branches so it just looks just right if it was over to the right one way or the other to the left it just wouldn't work okay so next one on the list is symmetry now we covered this partially in photographing water reflections on a previous video you might want to have a look at but symmetry is great when you're using this in a calm because it just adds so much so much dynamic impact to the image now this image of Mount Shuksan in Washington State is one that is just beautiful for symmetry it's gorgeous reflection and it's something that I when I remember taking this picture I waited three days to get the right sort of clouds for this image because I had this in mind of how I wanted this to look especially getting those clouds reflecting in the water and creating that symmetry okay next after that we have a different perspective now this is one that a lot of people don't think about because people tend to photograph from their own height so I tend to take the camera off the tripod I walk around and look up and I look down get down the on my belly look around in in the wildflowers here in California in this shot I've put the camera right on the ground and just angle it up using a polarizer to give that contrast between the golden yellow or orange flowers and the blue sky and then in complete contrast I'm looking up in this shot of the redwoods in Northern California to get those really strong lines and dynamic shapes drawing your eye into the center part of that frame okay after that different orientations and what I mean by that or horizontal or vertical okay now there are a lot of images that when you're composing that horizontal images work great but a lot of people forget about that vertical orientation that sometimes actually works much better depending on the composition now in this example here of waterfall the horizontal composition yeah it was okay but I just felt that by tilting that camera vertically it eliminated a lot of elements that were not that important and it made it a much stronger image by having the that line of that water drawing your eye right up to the water on the background and finally graphic shapes I love incorporating graphic shapes into my compositions they just create a more dynamic image now with this image here of the oak tree in the middle of a rape field now you can see here I'm putting it right smack in the middle of the composition it's a nice bold round shape and I've got these rectangular shapes with the foreground of rape field and then the sky now I'm usually using two third sky and one third of the foreground because I just felt that that actually creates a more graphic image in this composition and with the right subject you can actually break those rules those rule thirds as I mentioned at the beginning of this break those rules and place your subjects smack in the middle of the subject and maybe it it draws your eye into that subject by placing it in the middle but you've got to have the right subject it's got to be a graphic image a graphic subject to actually draw your eye into it so there we have it so seven very simple techniques for creating more dynamic compositions now jot these down you can take a picture of it put it in your backpack whatever just something to refer to when you're out shooting again just to remember those key little elements to create really dramatic compositions so as ever thanks for joining me today don't forget to hit that subscribe button if you haven't already done so we like those likes as well and don't forget please comment I read each and every one of your comments and I enjoy doing that so I will see you again in the next video bye for now [Applause]