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The Importance of Composition in Landscape Photography

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Rob Sheppard covers many possibilities for composition in landscape photography. You’ll learn why it’s so important to get things out of the middle, as well as when the rule of thirds helps (and when it doesn’t). You’ll learn about foregrounds and backgrounds, the importance of edges, and what to watch out for in distractions.
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Structuring your Image to Communicate about A Landscape

A lot of things have been written and discussed about composition for as long as people have made pictures, way before photography. Composition is simply about the organization of an image within the image frame, from edge to edge, but exactly how you organize a photo is not so simple.

Ultimately, composition is about communication. What you include in your photo, what you exclude, and how you arrange what’s in the frame tell a viewer what you think is important about a landscape.

In this chapter, I cover many possibilities for composition. You’ll learn why it’s so important to get things out of the middle, as well as when the rule of thirds helps (and when it doesn’t). You’ll learn about foregrounds and backgrounds, the importance of edges, and what to watch out for in distractions.

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