Photo 101: Day Fifteen: Landscape

Panoramic view of harbor -click for full size
Panoramic view of harbor -click for full size

Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, …— rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

I decided to use a panoramic shot for my landscape and then crop it down to be the actual desired image.  See the cropped image below.

Cropped panoramic of harbour
Cropped panoramic of harbour

Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? After your shooting session, sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look out for:

  • Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.

  • People around the perimeter of the frame that might have “photo-bombed” your picture.

  • A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”

  • A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the Rule of Thirds).

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