How to Make Your Good Photos Even Better

If you feel like your landscape photos are good, but could use a boost to get to the next level, this is the right video for you. 

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this great video discusses how to take your good landscape photos and make them even better. For me, once I became reasonably technically proficient and better able to form coherent creative thoughts in my photography, I plateaued a bit for a while. The thing that helped me start to improve again was considering my composition from an opposite perspective. Whereas I spent a lot of time deciding what to put in the frame and how to arrange it, I got better once I started considering what to take out of the frame. In other words, I began asking myself if every element was absolutely crucial to the image, or if I could make the subject more compelling by decluttering the image more. I learned to do things like remove errant tree branches from the edge of my photos and found my images improved quite a bit. Check out the video above for lots of helpful tips from Danson.

And if you want to continue to learn about landscape photography, check out "Photographing the World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing With Elia Locardi!" 

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6 Comments

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

How about, How to enjoy your own work?

Dave Morris's picture

I wish I knew what does "good photo" mean.
Perhaps it's when my mom and my mates say that they like it.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

Hahaha at least you get that. My parents cant fake like my work lol. Oh well though. If you think its good, thats what counts. Too many opinions in the world to take them all seriously.

Ian Meyers's picture

nice video, some great insight into looking for the extra details that push an image

I admire Nigel Danson and I have learned a lot from him, but not this time. I was hoping to see his editing, moving a good photo into the great category.

Eric Robinson's picture

While some of the photos shown in the video are indeed very good shots, and Nigel himself is a pretty good photographer, the naming of the video is a bit misleading. I think what it does show Is that taking great photographs is not accidental. Assuming you know and understand your own camera gear, you have to get out there regularly at the right times, right conditions to give yourself even half a chance. Then introduce an eye for looking for a shot, something that’s not spoken about enough. Spending time looking at a scene and then deciding what approach you will use; wide angle, telephoto, single or bracketed shots, long exposure etc. Then you take the shot, and you are only half way there as the processing awaits. The choices when it comes to processing are many. That’s why taking a great shot is hard as you have to make a right decision at all the various stages in the process which is a pretty subtlety complex one. I see lots and lots of landscape shots at the Camera club I’m a member of, that include traveling exhibitions from the Royal Photographic Society and the International Salon we host and in my opinion while there are many good landscapes around great landscapes are few and far between. Why? Because it’s so bloody difficult, and the one factor that’s not been mentioned, is luck.