There are lots of ways to use color in photography. One is to look for strong, complementary colors – those on opposing sides of the color wheel – and include them in the same frame. The opposite is to use a very limited color palette.
Before we look at some of the ways you can use foreground interest to make the composition of your landscape photos more interesting, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why photographers use wide-angle lenses so much for landscape photography.
There are many good reasons not to use a kit lens for travel photography. If a kit lens is the only lens you own and you have a photography trip planned, you may be thinking about buying a better quality mid-range zoom or even a prime lens to replace or accompany it.
Black and white photography has been around for nearly 180 years, ever since Louis Daguerre introduced the daguerreotype process to the world. It is still hugely popular despite the rise and ease of color photography. And yet, whenever I look at other people’s black and white photos, I see the same mistakes over and over. Are you making any of these? Let’s find out!
The process of converting a color landscape photo into a black and white image using Lightroom goes beyond changing the treatment to black and white. That’s just the start. From there you have to tweak and refine, using all tools that Lightroom gives you, to craft an image that matches the vision you carry in your mind.
“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” – Jim Richardson
If you want to create beautiful black and white landscape photos then it helps if you are standing in front of a beautiful landscape. But do you want to create beautiful photos, interesting photos, or both? It’s a key consideration because once you find an interesting landscape, the beauty often follows if you photograph it in the right light.
I’ve just spent two and a half months in northern Spain. If you’re not familiar with this region and you’re into landscape photography than I strongly recommend you put it on your list of places to go. The Cantabrian coast stretches from the Basque Country to Galicia, and is marked by high cliffs, beautiful beaches and lots of photogenic rock formations – perfect for those of you who enjoy seascapes and long exposure photography.
Some photographers consider Photoshop an essential tool for retouching portraits, but I take a different approach and believe that most photographers can do all the portrait retouching they need to in Lightroom.