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Top tips for 2019


There are a number of elements to consider for landscapes. Our experts highlight the importance of framing your scene, experimenting with depth of field, timing and filters

1 Lead the eye in Claire Takacs

Framing your image so that a pathway in a garden leads and invites the viewer's eye into the image can be really powerful. It can help viewers imagine themselves being there more clearly and lead them through the garden scene.

2 Near-far Ian Plant

Juxtaposing a close object with a far object creates depth in a composition and enhances visual interest. This is a favourite technique of landscape photographers and is especially powerful when using a wideangle lens close to a nearby object with stunning, dramatic scenery in the background.

3 Coincide your city shoot with a full moon David Clapp

Nothing looks more beautiful than a full moon rising over the cityscape; so try to plan your angles using a smartphone app such as The Photographer's Ephemeris or PhotoPills. The power of the moon acts like a gigantic flashlight, so the sky never gets truly dark, which helps lift those deep blues and provide

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