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How to Photograph Landscapes. Capture the beauty and power of a landscape through the
lens of your camera. You will need Location A camera and other people. Step 1. Scout your
location to get a feel for the landscape. Explore the best spots and angles to shoot.
For popular landscapes, check out the photographs that have already been taken. Step 2. Select
a point of interest. Think about the qualities of the landscape that speak to you and make
them the focus in the picture. Step 3. Observe the light in the location over the course
of a day to determine the best time to shoot. The sun provides the most attractive lighting
early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Turn off your flash and use the natural lighting
available for the landscape. Step 4. Create a sense of depth by putting interesting objects
in the foreground. Add people to the picture to communicate the scale of the landscape.
Step 5. Follow the rule of thirds. Imagine the shot is split into three horizontal lines
and three vertical lines. Frame the shot with the points of interest along these lines.
Step 6. Look for lines that are a natural part of the landscape, such as roads and rivers.
Use these lines to lead the eyes of the viewer toward your point of interest. Step 7. Begin
photographing a wide view of the landscape, and then move in for closer shots of interesting
objects. Did you know In 1861, James Clerk Maxwell created the first color photograph
after combining three photographs of a subject taken through red, green, and blue filters.