When you look at a landscape photo, you likely know within just a split second if it’s a good photo or not.
You might not even be able to fully articulate why it looks good.
In many cases, lighting, sharpness and subject matter help make a good photo.
However, the manner in which the photo is composed is also a crucial element of its success.
There are plenty of compositional rules of photography, too. That means that there are all kinds of ways that you can enhance the look of your landscapes, and take them from being just so-so to being truly eye-catching works of art.
Let’s explore a few fundamental landscape photography composition rules that you need to start using today.
Fill the Frame With the Subject
Filling the frame is easy when taking a portrait. All you have to do is frame a close-up, and you’re good to go.
Filling the frame when photographing landscapes is a bit more difficult.
After all, when you stand in front of a beautiful, sweeping vista, you want to recreate that for the viewers of your photos.
Unfortunately, when shooting a large landscape, having too much empty real estate in the frame can make your subject look and feel small. And the smaller your subject, the less impactful it will be, not to mention the less it will feel like it does in real life.
The solution is to fill the frame.