Finding the right lighting and composition for landscapes can be a challenge sometimes, for many photographers. In this short video, I will address that struggle faced by photographers. Landscape photography light is often out of our hands due to the nature of how light works out in a landscape environment. But there is one part of the equation you do control… the time you capture the photograph. For composition, many photographers often use wider lenses, but changing the lens you use can have a great impact on the overall composition in many ways.
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In one of my Facebook groups, I asked what your biggest photography struggle is. What do you struggle with most when it comes to picking up that camera and making photographs? One of the answers I got was about landscape photography and light and composition. Let’s dive into that. Hey, this is Scott Wyden Kivowitz, with a storyteller with a camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about in this video, I want to answer a question that I got about a challenge faced in photography. If you do landscape photography, then you know one of the most challenging things is composition and lighting, one of which you have very little control over. It’s out of your hands, kind of what you do have a lot of control over is the composition and I want to talk about both of those things right now before we dive in, click that subscribe button below.
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In fact, a little bit before sunrise and a little bit before sunset because that way you’re catching that beautiful golden light, the blue light, whatever you want to call it, that gorgeous light that comes when the sun is in the best spot. Now when it comes to sky’s and sunsets, depending on where you are in the world and depending on what side you’re, what if you’re facing the sun or if you’re not facing the sun, the sunset could be better, could be worse. It really depends and then it also depends on the clouds in the sky and and what’s going on in space and things like that. There’s a lot of things that play a role in how your sunset will look, but typically if you capture sunrise or sunset, you’re going to have better light guaranteed to figure out the best place to, to capture your photograph and the best time to capture a photograph.
Checkout photopills. I’ve also got videos on photopills, which you can find by clicking that card right above. Now talking about composition, a lot of landscape photographers tend to go wide and that is a very common thing. In fact, it’s kind of pushed upon us by the camera manufacturers by supply them supplying these kit lenses that are, you know, 24 to 70 or 16 to 35 or whatever lens you’re, you wind up having. It’s usually this telephoto that starts widened, goes a little zoomed. What you might want to consider is actually using a zoom lens, a long telephoto Lens or a long fixed lens, something like a 200 millimeter, a 300 millimeter, a 400 millimeter, and you might want to consider going in closer to the landscape instead of going wider for two reasons. One, you’re changing the complete look of the photo you’re make. Taking something that was this grand wide thing that everybody is doing and instead you’re going and clothes and capturing the fine details of the scene and to when you use a long lens like that, you get much more compression, which completely enhances the depth of the photos, the depth of the scene.
That is what I would say to do to potentially improve your composition for landscape photography. Now again, I cannot say these two things where we’ll work for you 100% because every photographer is different. Every situation is different. Every location is different. All the equipment in the world are different. But if you consider the timing that you photograph and the focal length that you photograph, everything will change and potentially improve. So there you go. I hope you dig this. I hope you subscribe and I wait. Can’t wait to see you in the next video.