5 Rules of Composition in Landscape Photography and When You Should Consider Breaking Them

Landscape photography composition can be a subtle and tricky thing, but it is one of the most crucial aspects of any successful image. If you have trouble with your own landscape compositions, this helpful video will give you five rules to help you improve as well as advice on when you can afford to break them.

Coming to you from Steve O'Nions, this excellent video discusses five compositional rules in landscape photography. O'Nions is one of my favorite photographers, as he takes a very unfussy, almost meditative approach to photography, making it just as much about the experience as the images themselves, and that attitude carries over to his photos, which are often quite elegant. Composition is something that many landscape photographers struggle with, and it took me a long time and a change in philosophy before I started making decent progress with it. Namely, I had to learn to simplify my compositions and to stop trying to do so much with my images all at once. Check out the video above for lots of helpful advice from O'Nions.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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