Composition Tips for shooting landscapes
I thought I will use this latest image of mine to share certain effective composition rules for Landscape Photography in general. The first rule is that rules are meant to be broken ;-) There is a time and place for each rule, and ultimately your judgement must prevail.
1. Rule of thirds
I will restate this oft-quoted rule as it proves effective and pleasing to the eye in general. Always place the horizon on the upper or lower third of the image, depending on whether you want to highlight the sky or the foreground. In this image, the sky was rather plain and boring, so I decided to highlight the foreground instead.
2. Use a foreground object
This technique works very well for images shot in the portrait mode. The rock in this image, serves as a point for the eye to enter the image and also as a "resting place" for the eye. It tends to add a 3D feel to your images and is a powerful landscape technique. Also of interest is that the rock is placed on the lower third of the image, further exemplifying the rule of thirds.
3. Use of leading lines
Once the eye has entered the image, you want to lead the eye throughout the image and then exit it. Leading lines are a good technique to achieve this. In this image, the receding wave lines served to lead the eye towards the Natural Bridges rock formation and then exit the image with the cloud on the top.