A Step-by-Step Landscape Photography Composition Tutorial

If you struggle with the different concepts of composition, this in-field tutorial might be something for you.

After several videos with five tips to compose your photos, I have tried another new approach in my latest video. In this video, you are invited into the field with me, to stand next to me and watch how I compose a scene that I have not photographed before. It all happens through my eyes and from the perspective of my camera.

During this spring, we have had the most incredible bloom of wild garlic in my nearby forest. I have visited it several times over the past weeks, and this morning, I stumbled upon a fallen trunk that ought to work great as a foreground. I touch on many different subjects about composition, and it is all about taking into consideration what kind of scene you are standing in front of.

The most obvious approach is to use the Y-shaped trunk as a leading element into the scene. But where should you place the camera to get the optimal balance between the trunk and the flowers? That is where composition becomes highly subjective. You also want to have a proper separation between the different elements of the scene and approximately equal distribution of flowers. Not to mention making sure that the flowers are nice and clean. What lens to use and why? As I went with the 12-24mm lens, I also ended up with a highly distorted photo. I had to compensate for that distortion in post-processing. Lastly, it is also important to consider the format. Vertical, horizontal, or even both?

Check out the video above, and let me hear your thoughts. 

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Danish Fine Art Landscape Photographer and YouTuber. He is taking photos all over the world but the main focus is the cold, rough, northern part of Europe. His style is somewhere in between dramatic and colorful fantasy and Scandinavian minimalism. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for epic landscape photography videos from around the world.

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