Famed photojournalist Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” While it’s easy to see how this advice would apply to portrait or even macro photography –you may be surprised to learn that it’s relevant for landscape photography as well.
For landscape photographers, it’s easy to focus on the bigger and more spectacular elements –such as looming mountain ranges or the sweeping vistas –and overlook the small, yet important details. Often, though, these fine details are exactly what are needed to take your images up a notch. Incorporating fine details into your landscape photography is an excellent way to anchor your compositions, and some context to your photos, and create some spectacularly beautiful images.
If you find that your compositions feel flat or one-dimensional, looking to include the right details can help you to create images with a sense of distance and scale. Instead of trying to fit everything into one shot, here’s how getting closer –and incorporating smaller, finer details can help you to make your images more powerful.
1. Choose Your Details Intentionally
One classic mistake that’s easy to make with landscapes, is trying to fit everything in! While it may be true that there are plenty of interesting details that you want to include in your image, the best images, in most cases, have a clear and well-defined main point of interest. Once you have your focal point, you can start building your image, making sure every detail you include is only there to help enhance the main point of your composition.