How to Compose Landscape Photos Using a Wide Angle Lens

The wide angle lens is the tool of choice for a lot of landscape photography, but such focal lengths can also be particularly tricky to work with. This excellent video tutorial features an experienced landscape photographer showing you how to create more effective compositions using a wide angle lens. 

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this great video tutorial will show you how to create more compelling landscape photo compositions when working with a wide angle lens. Wide angle lenses are popular because we often want to capture all the beauty of a landscape in one frame, but the thing that makes them difficult to work with is that they tend to push the background away and diminish it in size. This means that without a foreground element, the image feels very empty and two-dimensional. A foreground element restores a sense of depth to the image and gives the viewer a natural entry point to the photo, from which they can then travel through to the middle-ground and background. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Danson.

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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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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