a perfect composition showcases the beauty of mt. denali in alaska

Live Presentation – All Things Landscape Photography

Get ready for a Landscape Photography extravaganza in about a week’s time.  On Aug 4 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT, I’ll be doing a full 1-hour workshop (always is and always will be free) on All Things Landscape Photography.

Register Here (the registration link to this particular webinar will appear about 1-week prior)

As you can imagine, this is an expansive topic and lots will be discussed.  But as our loyal Natural Photographer readers, I wanted to give you the first go at registering, plus a quick sneak peak with my #1 landscape photography tip.  Rest assured there will be many tips and techniques discussed, from photographing towering mountains to barren tundra to the intensely colorful landscapes of the American Southwest.

But for now, if there’s one thing you do going forward…

Always pick a foreground element in your Landscape Photography

Okay, always is a strong word.  There are indeed times when that’s just not practical or appropriate.  However, it solidifies the point that it’s a critical element to success.  You should aim to do this as often as possible with your landscape photography.

a rushing river in madagascar

As an example, in this enigmatic cloud forest scene, I’ve chosen the large rock and cascading water as my foreground element.  The rest of the scene is spectacular, but it is built around this foreground element for composition.

Why is this so key?  Simply put, it provides context and something for the viewer to immediately gravitate to, allowing the landscape to then blow their minds with the rest of the beauty in the scene.

You’ll often see this with wildflowers in mountain meadows, or rock formations in canyons areas.  It’s a strong technique and is a simple step to level-up your landscape photos with just a few more moments of scanning and composing your shot.

a lone tipee sits on the snow with northern lights overhead in the arctic

Even for something as show-stopping as the aurora borealis, providing this traditional metis tipi provides something to focus on and adds to the story of this other-worldly scene in a big way.

Once again, I hope you can join me for my Landscape Photography webinar on August 4th, and I look forward to sharing many more tips and techniques with you.  Come armed with questions, too, as I will be sure to provide ample time for a Q&A at the end!

Cheers, and be well,

Court Whelan Signature