A strong composition is the holy grail of landscape photography, and there are always new things to learn.
In my latest video, I return to the island of Kalsoy in the Faroe Islands. Even though I have been there before, there are always different conditions creating new opportunities for epic photographs. Another benefit of returning to the same location several times is you have probably learned from past mistakes, enabling you to improve on your compositions.
That is exactly what I did. I knew I wanted a new version of the classic wide panoramic perspective. In the video, I show different versions, one from the spring and one from summer. What I do not show is I made six different versions of that panorama with different foregrounds. Having learned from earlier visits, I know how big a difference only a few meters back and forward, left or right makes.
Another tip I share is how cropping your photo can greatly improve it. By using the built-in intervalometer of my Sony a7R III, I got a dramatic perspective with myself modeling in the foreground and showing the northern coastline of the Faroes. Even though my lens were at 200mm when I got the photograph, I ended up cropping the photo from the 42.4 megapixels my camera delivers all the way down to 6.7 megapixels! This vastly changed the final impression of the photo and greatly improved the visual impact. You can see the original with the cropped part in the thumbnail of this article.
I share several other tips in the video, such as the perception of scale and some thoughts on color.
Check out the above and let me hear in the comments if you have some simple tips that can greatly improve your composition. It can be anything from using the grid on your camera display to tilting your tripod.