A Lesson in Framing a Landscape

By Chris Corradino on October 2nd, 2014

The next time you shoot a landscape, try including a person in the frame.

When you include a person in the frame, you'll immediately provide the viewers with a better understanding of the sheer size of the landscape. In addition to establishing a sense of scale, a lone subject creates a sense of mystery. Who is he, and what circumstances have led him to this place?

Although our subject does not take up a large part of the composition, his visual impact is undeniable. With nothing but sky directly behind him, the figure stands alone, gazing down on the entire city. This feeling of solitude is a direct result of his placement in the frame. The photographer has also leveraged the rule of thirds for added drama.

The most important part of your equipment can't be purchased in a store. It's your own unique vision and perspective on the world that makes all the difference.

If you want to pursue this unique landscape photography niche professionally, it's worth checking out our online course to perfect your skills. Our online nature and landscape photography course is the perfect way to get started.

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About the Author

Chris Corradino is the head of the photography mentor program at NYIP. Just like all of our mentors, he is also a professional photographer. See Chris's lesson from last week for more.


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