Work the Foreground
Get intimate with your foreground. By intimate, I mean within touching distance, so if you put your hand out you would be able to feel the textures in the bottom of the photograph. This invites the viewer to step into the scene or to reach into the image. A strong foreground tells the viewer where you were when you took the picture it communicates a little bit of the space around you from a personal viewpoint.
Foreground or not?
- Does it over crowd the whole scene?
- Does it connect with other parts of the picture?
- Does it lead naturally into the scene?
- Does it have interesting detail and texture?
- Is it inviting?
- Does the scene need an invite?
Recommended camera gear.
Choose the right equipment for Landscape photography. Your camera must be able to take a long exposure and it helps to have a good live view.. A wide angle lens that can take filters is also important if you want to do daylight Long Exposures.
- Heavy Tripod – essential for windy days. I recommend Really Right Stuff or GITZO
- Dark Cloth or card (larger than the front of lens and with a straight edge). A black mouse mat is ideal!!
- A 6 stop – ND filter – Like this: B+W 77mm 1.8 ND MRC 106M Filter For daytime work.
The ND filter is just to lengthen the exposure. You can get silky waterfalls or nice wave action without having to wait for it to get dark. Like Grads, they have different strengths measured in Stops. I bought a Neutral Density Filter (ND) … B+W 77mm 1.8 ND MRC 106M Filter. My advice is to buy a filter for your largest lens and use a Step-Up Ring so you can use the same filter on all your lenses.
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Prime Wide Angle Lens
Focal length – 17mm – 35mm is the best focal length, super wide has a distortion that makes the straight edge of your cloth wonky. Choose a lens with a large front element with room to move the cloth around.
Canon 5D mark IV
perfect for Landscape photography!
- Easy features and true manual mode
- Great live view with good colours and resolution.