When it comes to landscape, travel, and outdoor photography it has become relatively easy to see an amazingly beautiful photo taken in a specific location, show up, and capture it for yourself. This video demonstrates seven ways a professional landscape photographer goes about using composition to achieve his personal take on the beautiful locations he visits.
On social media apps like Instagram, it has become a huge problem both for the areas being visited and in my opinion the overall creativity in these photography genres. Every day, I see the same images in the same locations over and over again. For the most part, these are usually well-taken images, beautiful even. However, with the number of images being shared and how much good quality photography we see regularly in our online communities, we have to take the time to use even basic techniques to reexamine our surroundings and try to find new, unique, and still beautiful photos of our favorite locations.
Coming from the talented landscape photographer and YouTuber Nigel Danson, this video starts with how he examines a location once arriving through to mixing points of interest, lighting, and weather into a composition. Each step and tip walks you through his thought process. One thing I love about his approach is how he takes his time working an area kind of like a fisherman before either giving up and moving on to a new location or getting a keeper. One of the ways I try to avoid falling into typical or trendy compositions is to find an area I like and then just hang out for a bit. I might explore or even just sit for up to an hour if I have the time before finally taking out my camera.